She studies the acid in the oceans

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The world’s oceans are slowly becoming acidic.

You don’t have to worry about seas of burning, caustic waves just yet; it’s a gradual shift in the oceans’ normal basic state. But the acidity of the oceans doesn’t have to change very much to make a difference to some of their most fragile—and most important—organisms.

What will happen if these organisms fail? And can anything be done to prevent it? These are the sorts of questions Gretchen Hofmann is asking. She’s an eco-physiologist, and she’s keeping an eye out for the little guys (in shells).