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Minerals from the Seafloor

TO MEET THE WORLD’S DEMAND FOR MINERALS, oil and geothermal energy, humans are now looking toward the seabed. Miles-deep deposits of manganese, iron, nickel, cobalt and copper already have spurred exploration by mining companies. The next step, lowering heavy machinery onto the ocean floor, is just around the corner, says OSU researcher Andrew Thurber. He […]

“I Thought I Wanted to Work with Fish”

When Andrew Thurber started his journey in marine biology at Hawaii Pacific University, he got a surprise. “I thought I wanted to work with fish,” he says. “Turns out I don’t.” Instead, in an Antarctic research lab, he became enamored with worms. “Worms are incredibly diverse. That was one of the most amazing things to […]