Applications have been submitted. Recruitment weekends are near (or have already come and gone). Funding source notification dates are coming up. And most exciting of all–graduate school acceptances are around the corner. It is an exciting time to see your hard work pay off. But wait. Hold your horses. Here are some things you should … Continue reading
Author Archives: slziegler
Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
This week I was interested in writing about something wacky in marine systems. Being an ecologist, I tend to discuss organisms and their environment. So as I brainstormed what to write, I thought back to my time as a research technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) with Dr. Emmett Duffy. While working … Continue reading
An ode to our “science president”
Every year scientists from around the world visit Antarctica to study a variety of aspects of the world’s southern sea. On President Obama’s inauguration day in 2009, scientists from the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Station first visited their new sampling location on the West Antarctic Peninsula. In honor of the new president they named the station … Continue reading
Connecting science with local students
This past weekend, Morehead City, home to UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, hosted the 30th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival. It was an adventure in itself. There were rides, carnival games, locally-caught seafood, concerts and activities such as the ‘Flounder Fling.’ (Literally they toss giant flounder and not a stuffed replica of Flounder from The … Continue reading
Marsh Madness: basketball meets marine science
This is my first year at UNC Chapel Hill and all around basketball is in the air. I guess that is what happens when you go to an ACC school that the has a history of being one of the best college basketball teams in the country. I’ve never seen so much excitement around a sport. … Continue reading
Love UNder the C?
For Valentine’s Day this year I decided to get a little creative. Here are 3 of my own marine science related valentine creations! Below each drawing is a short explanation of the Valentine! Explanation: There is huge sexual dimorphism between male and female anglerfish. When the male is searching for his one true love (a … Continue reading
Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?
During the holiday season many people travel to visit family and friends that live across the country or even the world. But in the New Year, we must get back to our normal lives: school, work, or whatever one does in their everyday life. Humans are traditionally visual navigators and have developed a variety of tools … Continue reading
Ice Ice Baby: what in the world is going on with Antarctica’s ice?
A couple of weeks ago a new study came out from NASA indicating that the Antarctica land mass is gaining ice. This study by Zwally and colleagues, indicates ice accumulation in East Antarctic continent exceeds the loss of ice from the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). This study is contradictory to many studies that have been published on … Continue reading
2-4-6-8, why should we collaborate?
For the past two weeks, I feel like I have been jet setting around the country: New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta. While some little part of me wishes I had been on some elaborate vacation, what I was doing in my opinion was so much better. So what could I have been doing that is better … 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