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Amber Jackson
Amber Jackson is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and explorer. A former oceans curator for Google in partnership with the Sylvia Earle Alliance, she uses technology to facilitate the intersection of science and public awareness. She has a degree in marine science from UC Berkeley and is currently continuing her education at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Entries by Amber Jackson

Upwells of Life and Oil; a Unique Partnership Between the Sea and Steel

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 1:29 PM


Spring is a season when new life is replenished and although this productivity is obvious on land, the ocean, with it's seemingly unchanging surface, is also privy to this season. Especially off the coast of California, where the winds and deep underwater canyons...

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Barbuda Sets a New Standard for Marine Protection in the Caribbean

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:22 PM


Imagine an aqua-blue ocean vista and a salty breeze blowing as you arrive in Barbuda. Barbuda is an incredible island, strung in a larger chain of the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean. Although it may be small, Barbuda, like so many other...

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Production vs. Attraction: Marine Life on and Around Oil Platforms

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 7:42 PM


A variety of economically valuable fishes, invertebrates and marine mammals associate with offshore oil and gas platforms. The presence of this marine life invites the question as to whether or not platforms are producing life or merely attracting life from other habitats. This...

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Looking to the Gulf of Mexico as a Model for Future Decommissioning of Oil Rigs in California

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:26 PM


California has entered a new era of outer continental shelf oil and gas activity. The focus has shifted from the development of new oil wells and offshore facilities, to research on decommissioning these facilities as the oil wells dry up and offshore production...

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Reef Mappers: Visually Documenting Coral Reefs, Before They're Gone

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:22 PM


"The rate at which energy has been entering the ocean is phenomenal, equivalent to the addition of two atomic bombs every second," according to Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, lead author on the Open Oceans portion of the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

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Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in California

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Emily Callahan (right) and I at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

California's horizon has been speckled by oil and gas platforms since the 1950s. Although these towering, distant objects bring in over $2 billion in annual oil revenue to the state of California, many local...

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