The plight of the early career scientist (and grad student)
Policy / Science / Science and Communication

The plight of the early career scientist (and grad student)

” How the world is failing at its climate goals” “Put the heat on subsidizing climate change”  “Remember the government shutdown? It is still screwing over scientists in Antarctica” “Did climate change cause typhoon Haiyan?” These are just a few of the many headlines that have caught my eye over the past week. Everywhere I … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Diatoms Galore
Oddities in the Ocean / Podcasts and Videos / Science

Photography Friday: Diatoms Galore

So my research involves examining diatoms, which are free-floating aquatic phytoplankton with silicified cell walls (a substance similar to glass!). A lot of my time in the lab is spent culturing different species of diatoms, which is interesting but sometimes dissatisfying–since diatoms are microscopic, most of my cultures look like vials of clear or brownish … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Can you spot the hidden predator?
Oddities in the Ocean / Podcasts and Videos

Photography Friday: Can you spot the hidden predator?

Can you spot the hidden predator in this week’s Halloween-themed Photography Friday? Scorpionfish are ambush predators. They are usually found near the bottom, remaining very still. Their cryptic coloration allows them to attack unsuspecting prey including crustaceans and other fish. This also allows them to hide from snorkelers or divers, so be careful! Scorpionfish are known for the … Continue reading