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NADPH-dependent extracellular superoxide production is vital to photophysiology in the marine diatom Thalassiosira oceanica

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Batch cultures of T. oceanica were grown with replete initial nutrient concentrations under optimal light conditions, and whole cells were analyzed for net extracellular superoxide production by a flow-through chemiluminescence approach described previously. Results revealed that extracellular superoxide production rates were highest in exponential growth phase. As observed in other phytoplankton, this decline of net extracellular superoxide production with increasing age challenges the perception of superoxide as a stress-response molecule, given the continual drawdown of nutrients and the accumulation of cellular stress that occurs over time in batch cultures. These results therefore suggest that extracellular superoxide production may be a constitutive, or even beneficial physiological process in T. oceanica.

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  • Hondula DM, Balling RC, Vanos JK, Georgescu M.  2015.  Rising Temperatures, Human Health, and the Role of Adaptation. 1:144-154.
    Abstract Summary:

    There is near consensus in the scientific community that humans will experience higher future temperatures due to the ongoing accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The human response to this climatic change, particularly if accompanied by a surge in extreme heat events, is a key topic being addressed by scientists across many disciplines. In this article, we review recent (2012–2015) research on human health impacts of observed...

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    The formerly monotypic taxon, Hyalopale bispinosa Perkins 1985 (Cluysopetalinac), is comprised of a cryptic species complex from predominantly tropical embayments and island reefs of the Western Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans. Hyalopale species are of meiofaunal size (length: 1-2.8mm), but considered non-interstitial, with the majority of species inhabiting a singular habitat of shallow littoral zones among algae and epifauna overlying...

  • Taylor J.RA, Scott N.I, Rouse GW.  2019.  Evolution of mantis shrimp telson armour and its role in ritualized fighting. 16
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    Mantis shrimp possess both formidable weapons and impact-resistant armour that clash during ritualized combat. The telson is one of few biological structures known to withstand the repeated high impact forces of smashing mantis shrimp strikes, and it is hypothesized that this pairing of armour and weapon is associated with the evolution of telson sparring. We carried out a comparative analysis of telson impact mechanics across 15 mantis...

  • Gauglitz J.M, Aceves C.M, Aksenov A.A, Aleti G., Almaliti J., Bouslimani A., Brown E.A, Campeau A., Caraballo-Rodriguez A.M, Chaar R. et al..  2020.  Untargeted mass spectrometry-based metabolomics approach unveils molecular changes in raw and processed foods and beverages. 302
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    In our daily lives, we consume foods that have been transported, stored, prepared, cooked, or otherwise processed by ourselves or others. Food storage and preparation have drastic effects on the chemical composition of foods. Untargeted mass spectrometry analysis of food samples has the potential to increase our chemical understanding of these processes by detecting a broad spectrum of chemicals. We performed a time-based analysis of the...

  • Aarons S.M, Arvin L.J, Aciego S.M, Riebe C.S, Johnson K.R, Blakowski M.A, Koornneef J.M, Hart S.C, Barnes M.E, Dove N. et al..  2019.  Competing droughts affect dust delivery to Sierra Nevada. 41
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    The generation and transport of mineral dust is strongly related to climate on seasonal, year-to-year, and glacial-interglacial timescales. The modern dust cycle is influenced by soil moisture, which is partly a function of drought duration and severity. The production and transport of dust can therefore be amplified by global and regional droughts, thereby moderating ecosystem vulnerability to disturbance through the influence of dust on...

  • Tian Z., Chen H., Fegley B., Lodders K., Barrat J.A, Day JMD, Wang K..  2019.  Potassium isotopic compositions of howardite-eucrite-diogenite meteorites. 266:611-632.
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    We report new high-precision stable K isotope data for three martian meteorites, one lunar meteorite, one ordinary chondrite, four terrestrial igneous United States Geological Survey (USGS) reference materials, and twenty howardite-eucrite-dio genite [HED] meteorites. The three martian meteorites define a relatively narrow delta K-41 range with an average of -0.36 +/- 0.12 parts per thousand (2 SD) that is slightly heavier than the Bulk...

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    As the proportion of the human population living in cities continues to increase, understanding the factors affecting urban biodiversity is crucial to enhancing conservation efforts, urban ecosystem function, and human wellbeing. Here we present the results of the first comparative study of belowground invertebrate communities in urban soils (lawns and biofilters) and remnant patches of native coastal sage scrub (CSS) in a semi-arid urban...

  • Day JMD, Sossi P.A, Shearer C.K, Moynier F..  2019.  Volatile distributions in and on the Moon revealed by Cu and Fe isotopes in the 'Rusty Rock' 66095. 266:131-143.
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    The Apollo 16 'Rusty Rock' impact melt breccia 66095 is a volatile-rich sample, with the volatiles inherited through vapor condensation from an internal lunar source formed during thermo-magmatic evolution of the Moon. We report Cu and Fe isotope data for 66095 and find that bulk-rocks, residues and acid leaches span a relatively limited range of compositions (3.0 +/- 1.3 wt.% FeO [range = 2.0-4.8 wt.%], 5.4 +/- 3.1 ppm Cu [range = 3-12 ppm...

  • O'Donoghue A.J, Bibo-Verdugo B., Miyamoto Y., Wang S.C, Yang J.Z, Zuill D.E, Matsuka S., Jiang Z.Z, Almaliti J., Caffrey C.R et al..  2019.  20S proteasome as a drug target in Trichomonas vaginalis. 63
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    Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease with hundreds of millions of annual cases worldwide. Approved treatment options are limited to two related nitro-heterocyclic compounds, yet resistance to these drugs is an increasing concern. New antimicrobials against the causative agent, Trichomonas vaginalis, are urgently needed. We show here that clinically approved anticancer drugs that inhibit the proteasome, a large protease complex...

  • Le Bras I.AA, Sonnewald M., Toole J.M.  2019.  A barotropic vorticity budget for the subtropical North Atlantic Based on observations. 49:2781-2797.
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    To ground truth the large-scale dynamical balance of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre with observations, a barotropic vorticity budget is constructed in the ECCO state estimate and compared with hydrographic observations and wind stress data products. The hydrographic dataset at the center of this work is the A22 WOCE section, which lies along 66 degrees W and creates a closed volume with the North and South American coasts to its west....

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    The concept of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) has been subjected to debate since it was introduced in the late 1990s. The development of the concept seems to follow two separate but simultaneous trajectories of increased popularity but also sustained critique. This paper offers an analysis of potential mechanisms behind these disparate trajectories by drawing on a theoretical framework from science and technology studies (STS)...

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    A large-scale anomalous anticyclone (AAC) is a recurrent pattern in post-El Nino summers, extending from the tropical Northwest Pacific (NWP) to the North Indian Ocean. In boreal summer, there is a strongly confluent lower-level flow between the monsoonal westerlies and easterly trades over the Indo-Northwest Pacific. The effect of this basic state confluent flow on the AAC is investigated with energetics analysis and numerical modeling. The...

  • Stephens BM, Wankel SD, J. Beman M, Rabines AJ, Allen AE, Aluwihare LI.  2019.  Euphotic zone nitrification in the California Current Ecosystem.
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    Nitrification, the microbial conversion of ammonium to nitrite then to nitrate, occurs throughout the oceanic water column, yet the environmental factors influencing the production of nitrate in the euphotic zone (EZ) remain unclear. In this study, the natural abundances of N and O isotopes (δ15N and δ18O, respectively) in nitrate were used in an existing model framework to quantify nitrate contributed by EZ nitrification in the California...

  • Stephens B.M, Wankel S.D, Beman J.M, Rabines A.J, Allen A.E, Aluwihare LI.  2019.  Euphotic zone nitrification in the California Current Ecosystem.
    Abstract Summary:

    Nitrification, the microbial conversion of ammonium to nitrite then to nitrate, occurs throughout the oceanic water column, yet the environmental factors influencing the production of nitrate in the euphotic zone (EZ) remain unclear. In this study, the natural abundances of N and O isotopes (delta N-15 and delta O-18, respectively) in nitrate were used in an existing model framework to quantify nitrate contributed by EZ nitrification in the...

  • Chen Z.S, Du Y., Wen Z.P, Wu R.G, Xie SP.  2019.  Evolution of south Tropical Indian Ocean warming and the climatic impacts following strong El Nino Events. 32:7329-7347.
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    The south tropical Indian Ocean (TIO) warms following a strong El Nino, affecting Indo-Pacific climate in early boreal summer. While much attention has been given to the southwest TIO where the mean thermocline is shallow, this study focuses on the subsequent warming in the southeast TIO, where the mean sea surface temperature (SST) is high and deep convection is strong in early summer. The southeast TIO warming induces an anomalous...

  • Woodworth P.L, Melet A., Marcos M., Ray R.D, Woppelmann G., Sasaki Y.N, Cirano M., Hibbert A., Huthnance J.M, Monserrat S. et al..  2019.  Forcing factors affecting sea level changes at the coast. 40:1351-1397.
    Abstract Summary:

    We review the characteristics of sea level variability at the coast focussing on how it differs from the variability in the nearby deep ocean. Sea level variability occurs on all timescales, with processes at higher frequencies tending to have a larger magnitude at the coast due to resonance and other dynamics. In the case of some processes, such as the tides, the presence of the coast and the shallow waters of the shelves results in the...

  • Rogers J.S, Rayson M.D, Ko D.S, Winters KB, Fringer O.B.  2019.  A framework for seamless one-way nesting of internal wave-resolving ocean models. 143
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    To resolve nonlinear internal wave motions in regional domains, we propose a one-way ocean model nesting framework in which a nonhydrostatic model is nested within a regional model. The nesting scheme produces internal tides that propagate freely into and out of the nonhydrostatic model domain with no reflections while nudging the low-frequency motions. We demonstrate the method with idealized test cases and a field-scale simulation of the...

  • Wang J.K, Johnson K.R, Borsato A., Amaya D.J, Griffiths M.L, Henderson G.M, Frisia S., Mason A..  2019.  Hydroclimatic variability in Southeast Asia over the past two millennia. 525
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    The spatiotemporal variability of the Asian Monsoon (AM) over the last two millennia has been attributed to a combination of external solar and volcanic forcing and/or internal coupled atmosphere-ocean dynamics, but the relative importance of these mechanisms remains unresolved. The present knowledge of multidecadal to centennial-scale AM variability over Mainland Southeast Asia is not well-constrained, despite substantial progress in...

  • Natali S.M, Watts J.D, Rogers B.M, Potter S., Ludwig S.M, Selbmann A.K, Sullivan P.F, Abbott B.W, Arndt K.A, Birch L. et al..  2019.  Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region. 9:852-+.
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    Recent warming in the Arctic, which has been amplified during the winter(1-3), greatly enhances microbial decomposition of soil organic matter and subsequent release of carbon dioxide (CO2)(4). However, the amount of CO2 released in winter is not known and has not been well represented by ecosystem models or empirically based estimates(5,6). Here we synthesize regional in situ observations of CO2 flux from Arctic and boreal soils to assess...

  • Abstract Summary:

    Global radiative-convective equilibrium simulations are used to investigate the hypothesis that mutual interactions among cloud albedo, sea surface temperature gradients, and atmospheric circulation constrain the net cloud radiative effect (CRE) to be similar in convective and nonconvective regions over the tropical warm pools. We perform an experiment in which convective clouds interact naturally with the ocean and atmosphere by forming over...

  • Costa J.AV, Freitas B.CB, Rosa G.M, Moraes L., Morais M.G, Mitchell B.G.  2019.  Operational and economic aspects of Spirulina-based biorefinery. 292
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    Microalgae biorefinery systems have been extensively studied from the perspective of resources, energy expenditure, biofuel production potential, and high-added value products. The genus Spirulina (Arthrospira) stands out among the microalgae of commercial importance. It accounts for over 30% of biomass produced globally because of high protein concentration and, carotenoid and phycocyanin content. Spirulina cultivation can be used to reduce...

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    Abstract Microplastics (< 5 mm) have long been a concern in marine debris research, but quantifying the smallest microplastics (< 333 μm) has been hampered by appropriate collection methods, like net tows. We modified standard epifluorescence microscopy methods to develop a new technique to enumerate < 333 μm microplastics (mini-microplastics) from filtered surface seawater samples and salp stomach contents. This permitted us to...

  • Abstract Summary:

    The adverse health impact of high heat is widely documented and can lead to a substantial public health burden. Although heat-related illness in western countries is largely preventable, extreme heat remains the main weather contributor to the burden of disease in the United States. In most US cities, local National Weather Service offices issue heat alerts in advance of forecast periods of high heat. In some locations, additional local heat...

  • Sandoval J.A, Jadhav S., Quan H.C, Deheyn DD, Tolley M.T.  2019.  Reversible adhesion to rough surfaces both in and out of water, inspired by the clingfish suction disc. 14
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    Adhesion is difficult to achieve on rough surfaces both in air and underwater. In nature, the northern clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus) has evolved the impressive ability to adhere onto substrates of various shapes and roughnesses, while subject to strong intertidal surges. The suction disc of the clingfish relies on suction and friction to achieve and maintain adhesion. Inspired by this mechanism of attachment, we designed an artificial...

  • Ohishi S., Katsura S., Aiki H..  2019.  Salinity frontogenesis/frontolysis in the northeastern subtropical Pacific region. 53:5927-5943.
    Abstract Summary:

    Detailed mechanisms of reinforcement/relaxation of a sea surface salinity front, i.e. frontogenesis/frontolysis, in the northeastern subtropical Pacific region are investigated using observational datasets. Throughout the year, meridional shears of zonal wind induce meridional ageostrophic convergence around the front. Saltier water is advected on the southern side than the northern side, and thus the convergence contributes to frontogenesis...

  • Uchida T., Balwada D., Abernathey R., Prend C.J, Boss E., Gille ST.  2019.  Southern Ocean phytoplankton blooms observed by biogeochemical floats.
    Abstract Summary:

    The spring bloom in the Southern Ocean is the rapid-growth phase of the seasonal cycle in phytoplankton. Many previous studies have characterized the spring bloom using chlorophyll estimates from satellite ocean color observations. Assumptions regarding the chlorophyll-to-carbon ratio within phytoplankton and vertical structure of biogeochemical variables lead to uncertainty in satellite-based estimates of phytoplankton carbon biomass. Here,...

  • Enzminger T.L, Small E.E, Borsa A.A.  2019.  Subsurface water dominates Sierra Nevada seasonal hydrologic storage.
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    Vertical displacements (dz) in permanent Global Positioning System (GPS) station positions enable estimation of water storage changes (Delta S), which historically have been impossible to measure directly. We use dz from 924 GPS stations in the western United States to estimate daily Delta S in California's Sierra Nevada and compare it to seasonal snow accumulation and melt over water years 2008-2017. Seasonal variations in GPS-based Delta S...

  • Johnson A.C, Aarons S.M, Dauphas N., Nie N.X, Zeng H., Helz R.T, Romaniello S.J, Anbar A.D.  2019.  Titanium isotopic fractionation in Kilauea Iki lava lake driven by oxide crystallization. 264:180-190.
    Abstract Summary:

    Recent work has demonstrated that titanium (Ti) isotopes undergo mass-dependent isotope fractionation during magmatic differentiation, leaving evolved silicic melts preferentially enriched in heavy Ti isotopes. Preferential incorporation of light Ti isotopes in crystallizing Fe-Ti oxides is thought to be the mechanism responsible for this fractionation in magmatic rocks. To test this hypothesis, we present Ti isotope measurements of Fe-Ti...

  • Chen C.L, Wang G.H, Xie SP, Liu W.  2019.  Why does global warming weaken the Gulf Stream but intensify the Kuroshio? 32:7437-7451.
    Abstract Summary:

    The Kuroshio and Gulf Stream, the subtropical western boundary currents of the North Pacific and North Atlantic, play important roles in meridional heat transport and ocean-atmosphere interaction processes. Using a multimodel ensemble of future projections, we show that a warmer climate intensifies the upper-layer Kuroshio, in contrast to the previously documented slowdown of the Gulf Stream. Our ocean general circulation model experiments...

  • Trexler A.W, Knudsen G.A, Nicklisch S.CT, Birnbaum L.S, Cannon R.E.  2019.  2,4,6-tribromophenol exposure decreases p-glycoprotein transport at the blood-brain barrier. 171:463-472.
    Abstract Summary:

    2,4,6-Tribromophenol (TBP, CAS No. 118-79-6) is a brominated chemical used in the production of flame-retardant epoxy resins and as a wood preservative. In marine environments, TBP is incorporated into shellfish and consumed by predatory fish. Food processing and water treatment facilities produce TBP as a byproduct. 2,4,6-Tribromophenol has been detected in human blood and breast milk. Biologically, TBP interferes with estrogen and thyroid...

  • Abstract Summary:

    Background: High ambient temperature has been linked to a number of types of morbidity, such as cardiovascular disease and dehydration. Fewer studies have explored specifically the relationship between ambient temperature and liver, kidney, and urinary system morbidity despite known biological impacts of extreme high temperatures on those systems. Objective: We assessed the relationship between temperature and hospitalizations related to...

  • Fish M.A, Wilson A.M, Ralph FM.  2019.  Atmospheric river families: Definition and associated synoptic conditions. 20:2091-2108.
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    Atmospheric rivers (ARs) can cause flooding when they are strong and stall over an already wet watershed. While earlier studies emphasized the role of individual, long-duration ARs in triggering floods, it is not uncommon for floods to be associated with a series of ARs that strike in close succession. This study uses measurements from an atmospheric river observatory at Bodega Bay (BBY), in Northern California, to identify periods when...

  • Lilly L.E, Send U, Lankhorst M., Martz T.R, Feely R.A, Sutton A.J, Ohman MD.  2019.  Biogeochemical anomalies at two Southern California Current system moorings during the 2014-2016 Warm Anomaly-El Nino Sequence.
    Abstract Summary:

    We analyzed impacts of the 2014-2015 Pacific Warm Anomaly and 2015-2016 El Nino on physical and biogeochemical variables at two southern California Current System moorings (CCE2, nearshore upwelling off Point Conception; CCE1, offshore California Current). Nitrate and Chl-a fluorescence were <1 mu M and <1 Standardized Fluorescence Unit, respectively, at CCE2 for the entire durations of the Warm Anomaly and El Nino, the two longest...

  • Chaix B., Benmarhnia T., Kestens Y., Brondeel R., Perchoux C., Gerber P., Duncan D.T.  2019.  Combining sensor tracking with a GPS-based mobility survey to better measure physical activity in trips: public transport generates walking. 16
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    Background Policymakers need accurate data to develop efficient interventions to promote transport physical activity. Given the imprecise assessment of physical activity in trips, our aim was to illustrate novel advances in the measurement of walking in trips, including in trips incorporating non-walking modes. Methods We used data of 285 participants (RECORD MultiSensor Study, 2013-2015, Paris region) who carried GPS receivers and...

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    Ground-based remote sensing measurements from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) campaign at the McMurdo station and the ARM North Slope of Alaska (NSA) Utqia & x121;vik site are used to retrieve and analyze single-layer stratiform mixed-phase cloud macrophysical and microphysical properties for these different polar environments. Single-layer stratiform mixed-phase clouds have...

  • Cordero-Quiros N., Miller AJ, Subramanian AC, Luo J.Y, Capotondi A..  2019.  Composite physical-biological El Nino and La Nina conditions in the California Current System in CESM1-POP2-BEC. 142
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    El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is recognized as one of the potentially predictable drivers of California Current System (CCS) variability. In this study, we analyze a 67-year coarse-resolution (similar to 1 degrees) simulation using the ocean model CESM-POP2-BEC forced by NCEP/NCAR reanalysis winds to develop a model composite of the physical-biological response of the CCS during ENSO events. The model results are also compared with...

  • Highlighted Publication Zonal–vertical distribution of (a) vertical velocity and wind vectors, (b) zonal wind and wind vectors, and (c) meridional wind  averaged between 138 and 158N for November from ERA-Interim. (d)–(f) The corresponding biases from the AMIP simulation.
    Song X.L, Zhang GJ.  2019.  Culprit of the Eastern Pacific Double-ITCZ Bias in the NCAR CESM1.2. 32:6349-6364.
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    The eastern Pacific double-ITCZ bias has long been attributed to the warm bias of SST in the southeastern Pacific and associated local air-sea interaction. In this study, we conducted two simulations using the NCAR CESM1.2.1 to demonstrate that significant double-ITCZ bias can still form in the eastern Pacific through air-sea coupled feedback even when there is cold SST bias in the southeastern Pacific, indicating that other nonlocal culprits...

  • Roemmich D., Sherman J.T, Davis R.E, Grindley K., McClune M., Parker C.J, Black D.N, Zilberman N., Purkey S.G, Sutton P.JH et al..  2019.  Deep SOLO: A full-depth profiling float for the Argo Program. 36:1967-1981.
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    Deployment of Deep Argo regional pilot arrays is underway as a step toward a global array of 1250 surface-to-bottom profiling floats embedded in the upper-ocean (2000 m) Argo Program. Of the 80 active Deep Argo floats as of July 2019, 55 are Deep Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangian Observer (SOLO) 6000-m instruments, and the rest are composed of three additional models profiling to either 4000 or 6000 m. Early success of the Deep SOLO is owed...

  • Boudreau P.D, Miller B.W, McCall L.I, Almaliti J., Reher R., Hirata K., Le T., Siqueira-Neto J.L, Hook V., Gerwick WH.  2019.  Design of Gallinamide A analogs as potent inhibitors of the cysteine proteases human Cathepsin L and Trypanosoma cruzi Cruzain. 62:9026-9044.
    Abstract Summary:

    Gallinamide A, originally isolated with a modest antimalarial activity, was subsequently reisolated and characterized as a potent, selective, and irreversible inhibitor of the human cysteine protease cathepsin L. Molecular docking identified potential modifications to improve binding, which were synthesized as a suite of analogs. Resultingly, this current study produced the most potent gallinamide analog yet tested against cathepsin L (10, K-...

  • Abstract Summary:

    Objectively determining the level of ecosystem model complexity necessary to achieve meaningful representations of biogeochemical cycles at different spatial and temporal scales is an outstanding issue in marine ecosystem modeling. As part of the development of a three-dimensional (3D) Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS) application for the northwest North Atlantic Ocean, we compare model results from three alternative ecosystem model...

  • Smith SR, Dupont CL, McCarthy JK, Broddrick JT, Oborník M, Horák A, Füssy Z, Cihlář J, Kleessen S, Zheng H et al..  2019.  Evolution and regulation of nitrogen flux through compartmentalized metabolic networks in a marine diatom. 10:4552.
    Abstract Summary:

    Diatoms outcompete other phytoplankton for nitrate, yet little is known about the mechanisms underpinning this ability. Genomes and genome-enabled studies have shown that diatoms possess unique features of nitrogen metabolism however, the implications for nutrient utilization and growth are poorly understood. Using a combination of transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, fluxomics, and flux balance analysis to examine short-term shifts in...

  • Prenni A.J, Hand J.L, Malm W.C, Copeland S., Luo G, Yu F, Taylor N., Russell LM, Schichtel B.A.  2019.  An examination of the algorithm for estimating light extinction from IMPROVE particle speciation data. 214
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    The Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) network is the basis for monitoring visibility in Class I Areas throughout the United States. Monitoring is conducted by collecting PM2.5 and PM10 samples every third day at over 150 remote and rural sites nationwide, with PM2.5 samples being analyzed for chemical composition. Light extinction is reconstructed using an algorithm that relates speciated mass to light...

  • Wang J.A, Sulla-Menashe D., Woodcock C.E, Sonnentag O., Keeling RF, Friedl M.A.  2019.  Extensive land cover change across Arctic-Boreal Northwestern North America from disturbance and climate forcing.
    Abstract Summary:

    A multitude of disturbance agents, such as wildfires, land use, and climate-driven expansion of woody shrubs, is transforming the distribution of plant functional types across Arctic-Boreal ecosystems, which has significant implications for interactions and feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems and climate in the northern high-latitude. However, because the spatial resolution of existing land cover datasets is too coarse, large-scale land...

  • Saliba G., Chen C.L, Lewis S., Russell LM, Rivellini L.H, Lee A.KY, Quinn P.K, Bates T.S, Haentjens N., Boss E.S et al..  2019.  Factors driving the seasonal and hourly variability of sea-spray aerosol number in the North Atlantic. 116:20309-20314.
    Abstract Summary:

    Four North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) field campaigns from winter 2015 through spring 2018 sampled an extensive set of oceanographic and atmospheric parameters during the annual phytoplankton bloom cycle. This unique dataset provides four seasons of open-ocean observations of wind speed, sea surface temperature (SST), seawater particle attenuation at 660 nm (c(p,660), a measure of ocean particulate organic carbon),...

  • Hennon T.D, Alford MH, Zhao Z.X.  2019.  Global assessment of semidiurnal internal tide aliasing in Argo profiles. 49:2523-2533.
    Abstract Summary:

    Though unresolved by Argo floats, internal waves still impart an aliased signal onto their profile measurements. Recent studies have yielded nearly global characterization of several constituents of the stationary internal tides. Using this new information in conjunction with thousands of floats, we quantify the influence of the stationary, mode-1 M-2 and S-2 internal tides on Argo-observed temperature. We calculate the in situ temperature...

  • Asselin O., Young W.R.  2019.  An improved model of near-inertial wave dynamics. 876:428-448.
    Abstract Summary:

    The YBJ equation (Young & Ben Jelloul, J. Marine Res., vol. 55, 1997, pp. 735-766) provides a phase-averaged description of the propagation of near-inertial waves (NIWs) through a geostrophic flow. YBJ is obtained via an asymptotic expansion based on the limit , where is the Burger number of the NIWs. Here we develop an improved version, the YBJ(+) equation. In common with an earlier improvement proposed by Thomas, Smith & Buhler (J....

  • Chapman W.E, Subramanian AC, L. Monache D, Xie SP, Ralph FM.  2019.  Improving atmospheric river forecasts with machine learning.
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    This study tests the utility of convolutional neural networks as a postprocessing framework for improving the National Center for Environmental Prediction's Global Forecast System's integrated vapor transport forecast field in the Eastern Pacific and western United States. Integrated vapor transport is the characteristic field of atmospheric rivers, which provide over 65% of yearly precipitation at some western U.S. locations. The method...

  • Abstract Summary:

    The slowdown of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC)(1-3) and the accelerated warming of the tropical Indian Ocean (TIO)(4-6) are two robust features projected for anthropogenic greenhouse warming, affecting both regional and global climates(7,8). Here we use coupled climate simulations to investigate a previously overlooked link between the two phenomena. We demonstrate that TIO warming reduces rainfall over the tropical...

  • Pedersen N.E, Edwards C.B, Eynaud Y., Gleason A.CR, Smith JE, Sandin SA.  2019.  The influence of habitat and adults on the spatial distribution of juvenile corals.
    Abstract Summary:

    Population distributions are affected by a variety of spatial processes, including dispersal, intraspecific dynamics and habitat selection. Within reef-building coral communities, these processes are especially important during the earliest life stages when reproduction provides mobility among sessile organisms and populations experience the greatest mortality bottlenecks both before and immediately after settlement. Here, we used large-area...

  • Hu S.J, Zhang Y., Feng M, Du Y., Sprintall J, Wang F., Hu D.X, Xie Q., Chai F..  2019.  Interannual to decadal variability of upper-ocean salinity in the southern Indian Ocean and the role of the Indonesian Throughflow. 32:6403-6421.
    Abstract Summary:

    Variability of oceanic salinity, an indicator of the global hydrological cycle, plays an important role in the basin-scale ocean circulation. In this study, interannual to decadal variability of salinity in the upper layer of the Indian Ocean is investigated using Argo observations since 2004 and data assimilating model outputs (1992-2015). The southeastern Indian Ocean shows the strongest interannual to decadal variability of upper-ocean...

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