Ditch the jargon!
How do we science? / News / Science and Communication

Ditch the jargon!

I’ve been thinking a lot about science communication recently. From translating my research about nitrogen cycling into a lesson plan for high school students (via SciREN) to applying for science communication workshops, I feel like everything I’ve done recently has revolved around effectively communicating science to a non-scienctist audience. Which is equal parts great (!) … Continue reading

COP21- What actually happened at the Paris Climate Talks?
Energy, News, and Climate / News / Policy / Science / Science and Communication

COP21- What actually happened at the Paris Climate Talks?

Want to read what we think about the accord? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our responses! In December 2015, representatives from almost 200 UN countries met in Paris for COP21 to discuss climate and the future of our planet. The group deliberated for almost 2 weeks before finally drafting an accord … Continue reading

Green Your Weekend: Map the Ocean
How do we science? / Marine Life

Green Your Weekend: Map the Ocean

Our first Green Your Weekend post resulted in Congress banning microbeads, if we ignore the fact that correlation does not imply causation.  We figured it only made sense to harness this blog’s obvious political influence with another easy tip to make your weekend a little greener!  And because everyone’s thinking more pink than green this … Continue reading

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill
Energy, News, and Climate / Guest Posts / Marine Preservation / Uncategorized

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill

This article is a guest post by ODU undergradaute Ben Maxie. Ben works in the Barshis Lab and studies the evolution of stress tolerance in corals and other organisms.    The 2010 BP Deep-water Horizon oil spill was an environmental tragedy of immense magnitude. Five million barrels of toxic crude oil were leeched into the … Continue reading

Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”

In 1915 a strange new sea creature was discovered that resembled a “purple sock”. This creature was eventually named as Xenoturbella bocki in 1949, but no one really had any idea what this weird creature was (Westblad, 1949). Unable to clearly establish more information about the creature’s fit in the evolutionary tree or even its … Continue reading