9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough
Energy, News, and Climate / Science and Communication

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough

Funneling women into STEM majors seems easy enough. Add enough women in the mix, and (like trickle-down economics) those women will get tenure track positions, they’ll encourage the next generation and so on. In a perfect world, if a girl were interested in science, she would study science, and then she would get a job … Continue reading

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part II)
How do we science? / Oddities in the Ocean / Scientists in Action!

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part II)

Check out A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part I) as well! This research cruise is about halfway over and we find ourselves within sight of Big Sur, off the coast of southern California. Everyone is searching, frantically, for water. The dark irony of it hasn’t escaped the scientists aboard the R/V Melville—we’re … Continue reading

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?
Policy / Science and Communication

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?

As a grad student I often find myself in conversations with colleagues concerning job prospects, diversity, biases in science, and the difficulties of publishing. I’m lucky to be in a very diverse marine science department full of students from all types of backgrounds. We have more female grad students than male grad students around here, … Continue reading

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part I)
How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part I)

From Kelsey, currently (haha, pun!) on her California Current Cruise- This week, I’m writing to you from someplace other than my little cubicle in the Marine Sciences Dept.—instead, I’m aboard the good ship R/V Melville, currently sailing through the Pacific Ocean! My advisor, another graduate student from my lab (Natalie of Living with Diatoms, Part … Continue reading

Film Friday: Parrotfish can bring reefs from “despair to repair” in the fight against algal domination
Marine Preservation / Podcasts and Videos

Film Friday: Parrotfish can bring reefs from “despair to repair” in the fight against algal domination

The International Coral Reef Initiative recently released a report detailing the status of Caribbean coral reefs from 1970-2012. Based on data from 88 location around the Caribbean, the report found that average coral cover declined by over 50% while algal cover is over three times higher. This pair of opposite trends is called a “phase-shift” where the … Continue reading

A shrimp tale: how human trafficking in the Thai fishing industry makes buying sustainable seafood even more difficult
Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science / The HumanitSEAS

A shrimp tale: how human trafficking in the Thai fishing industry makes buying sustainable seafood even more difficult

Do you eat seafood? Most of us do. It is delicious after all. By now I’m sure you are aware of issues involving sustainable seafood. Not all of the fish we eat are fished (or grown) sustainably (ex: orange roughy ).   In recent years, sustainable seafood has been on the minds of many and several … Continue reading