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Science & Policy: Perspectives from the American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium

This June I was fortunate to be selected to spend two weeks in Washington, D.C. at the American Meteorological Society’s Summer Policy Colloquium (AMS SPC). The colloquium was an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in science policy through discussions with working professionals and hands-on exercises. The goal of the program is to arm scientists … Continue reading

The future is now…?
How do we science? / Science / Technology

The future is now…?

Satellites hovering hundreds of miles above earth; underwater autonomous vehicles traveling through the ocean; drones collecting snot above whales; and robots that move like fish; what do all of these things have in common (other than sounding like some futuristic world where robots and computers have completely taken over)?? Turns out, all of these things … Continue reading

From ocean acidification to freshwater alkalinization
How do we science? / Science

From ocean acidification to freshwater alkalinization

By this point, most of our readers are probably pretty well versed in ocean acidification (just type ‘coral reef’ in the UNdertheC search box and you’ll come up with lots of interesting tidbits about ocean acidification). We know that increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (from human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels) is … Continue reading

Uh oh, Vibrio: Not your grandma’s bloomers
and Climate / For Fun / How do we science? / Marine Life / Science

Uh oh, Vibrio: Not your grandma’s bloomers

This guest post is by Rachel Canty. Rachel is a Master’s student at UNC Institute of Marine Sciences. Her research focuses on coastal microbial ecology, specifically on competing different strains of the human pathogenic bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus, against one another. Rachel’s claim to fame is that she once swam on a relay with Katie Ledecky (5-time … Continue reading

Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)
Energy, News, and Climate / Science

Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)

Top down and bottom up: two ideas often discussed in biology. Specifically, the idea that an organisms population is controlled by both bottom up controls (things like the amount of food around, temperature, freshwater availability) and top down controls (i.e., predation). But today, I’ll be thinking about ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ in a widely … Continue reading

Some do’s and don’ts of scientific presentations
Conference Rundowns / Science and Communication

Some do’s and don’ts of scientific presentations

I have recently returned to coastal NC after attending the 2017 Biennial Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) conference in Providence, Rhode Island. It was an extremely productive conference that allowed me the opportunity to present my research, network with leading experts in my field, get out of the UNC bubble, and see lots and lots … Continue reading