Beating the Grad School Blues
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Beating the Grad School Blues

I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Ecology program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This semester, I have been teaching, taking classes, mentoring, and also working on my first manuscript from my current research. Exciting, right? Well, not exactly. It is stressful and sometimes just hard to keep up with everything. At times, it is … Continue reading

How to support positive action on climate change in Trump’s America
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How to support positive action on climate change in Trump’s America

Ever wonder what our most popular post of all time is here at UNdertheC? It’s this piece which is essentially a doom and gloom piece I wrote about what would happen to the world if the oceans “died.” In other words, this is what will happen if we do not change our ways, culture, decisions, … Continue reading

Connecting science with local students
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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

How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science
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How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science

Graduating from college can be a daunting adventure.  Your friends may be getting jobs, joining the Peace Corps, or living with their parents.  But maybe you’ve decided to go to grad school!  Hopefully you have some clear motivations and experience for doing so.  Now, how do you start?  Luckily, your friends at UNdertheC have all … Continue reading

Ditch the jargon!
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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?
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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

Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?
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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

Spread your science!
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Spread your science!

In this day-and-age with flat-lined funding and increasingly smaller funding rates, you have to do more than just ‘good science’ to get $$$ (not that this isn’t important – doing good science is the first step!). In the competitive funding world, there seems to be more and more interest in funding science (that is not … Continue reading

Shark Conservation in St. Maarten
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Shark Conservation in St. Maarten

Written by Emma Park. Emma is an undergraduate at UNC who spent her winter break working with The Ocean Foundation. Over part of winter break, I traveled to the eastern Caribbean to work with Hello Ocean, a nonprofit that showcases ocean conservation work through a series of online videos. I helped with the production of … Continue reading

Ice Ice Baby: what in the world is going on with Antarctica’s ice?
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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