Jellyfish and Climate Change

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An East Stroudsburg University professor has studied a delicate sea creature off Japan’s coast, and shed new light on how climate change is disrupting the ocean’s food chain.

“This is the first clear link between an animal we know is threatened by ocean acidification and a variety of deep-sea species,” said Jay Hunt, assistant professor of biology at ESU, describing his research.

The work of his team was published late last year in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Research was led by Dhugal Lindsay, an Australian marine biologist working in Japan with whom Hunt has partnered before.

The international team of marine biologists debarked from Nagasaki, venturing into the waters off Japan’s Sanriku Coast to look at a sea species called the red paper lantern jellyfish