Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)
Energy, News, and Climate / Science

Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)

Top down and bottom up: two ideas often discussed in biology. Specifically, the idea that an organisms population is controlled by both bottom up controls (things like the amount of food around, temperature, freshwater availability) and top down controls (i.e., predation). But today, I’ll be thinking about ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ in a widely … Continue reading

What is a postdoc and how do I get one?
Science

What is a postdoc and how do I get one?

Wikipedia defines a Postdoctoral Researcher (postdoc for short) “a person professionally conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies… The ultimate goal of a postdoctoral research position is to pursue additional research, training, or teaching in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research, or other fields.” I feel like … Continue reading

Teaching marine science in schools is essential
Guest Posts / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science / The HumanitSEAS

Teaching marine science in schools is essential

This is a guest post written by STEM education consultant Chris Anderson. Chris writes the science education blog Science Over Everything.   70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean. The oceans contain 97% of the Earth’s water and are home to 50% of the Earth’s species. And while 40% of Americans live in … Continue reading

I got my ‘Eye on Water’
How do we science? / Science / Scientists in Action!

I got my ‘Eye on Water’

Before writing this post, I did a quick search of UNdertheC looking for any hits related to ‘citizen science’, and surprisingly, nothing came up. I guess this means this will be the first post, tangentially related, to what is known as citizen science. So what is citizen science? The formal definition is: ‘the collection and … Continue reading

Science on the high seas
How do we science? / Marine Life / Science / Scientists in Action!

Science on the high seas

Here at UNC Marine Sciences, we have a really cool program that allows graduate students in the department to nominate and then select a seminar speaker to come to the university and give a talk. It’s a unique opportunity for students to select a speaker that not only conducts interesting, world-class research but that also … Continue reading