This guest post was written by Anastasia Quintana. Anastasia is a 2nd-year PhD student at Duke (please don’t stop reading) who used to study marine parasite ecology at UCSB with Armand Kuris. Now she has switched fully into the social sciences, and studies with advisor Xavier Basurto how communities organize to manage their environmental resources. She is enthusiastic about … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2015
Down by the C
Every fall, the Institute of Marine Sciences welcomes UNC undergraduate students to study at the coast for the term through the Institute for the Environment Field Site program. As part of her Independent Research project, Environmental Studies major Larisa Bennett will be sharing weekly blog posts on her semester by the sea. Check back as … Continue reading
To drone or not to drone? That’s SNOT the question!
What comes to mind when you think of the word Drone? If you are a science fiction nerd like me, maybe you think of an awesome novel or movie set hundreds of years into the future. Maybe you are more linked in to history, politics or the news and think of unmanned aerial vehicles used by … Continue reading
Sexism (and racism) in science: How do we make it go away?
It seems like I read an article about sexual harassment or under representation of women in STEM fields every day. Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about it. Not because I’m a sexist moron, but because every time I read one of these articles I get absurdly angry. I just don’t want this to be a … Continue reading
Superstitions at Sea: Why Bananas are Bad Luck
This guest post was written by Becky Fitzula. Becky, although an NC State graduate, has fallen into ranks as the Public Communications Technician at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). She has spent most of her time digging through the archives to discover the rich history surrounding IMS, but on occasion she has been … Continue reading
Children-Driven Conservation: A Shark Sanctuary on Bonaire
(Originally posted on Adventures of Serenita) “Children are our future.” We have all heard this phrase describing the importance of educating children (usually with the hope that they don’t make the same mistakes we did), but on Bonaire, children aren’t only the future of humankind, they are the future of our oceans. During my time … Continue reading
Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change
Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment in June, and your first thought was probably, “Should I care?” Your second may have been, to quote 1920s presidential candidate Al Smith, “What the hell is an encyclical?” Quick answers: 1) yes, no matter who you are, and 2) read on. Let’s start with the basics, … Continue reading