Does Surfing Affect the Environment Negatively? How to Practice Green Surfing
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Does Surfing Affect the Environment Negatively? How to Practice Green Surfing

Author Bio This guest post was written by Jay Recinto. Jay is the Media Content Manager for Warm Winds over at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island. Warm Winds is a locally-owned surf shop that aims to give back to the community and the environment through education, events and support of green initiatives. Did you know … Continue reading

Does temperature dictate which corals can survive on a reef?
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Does temperature dictate which corals can survive on a reef?

If you’ve been reading UNdertheC for while, then you know that I study coral reefs (specifically those in the Caribbean). If this is your first time here, welcome! Tell your friends 🙂 As the 4th year of my PhD dawns here at UNC, the first chapter of my dissertation work has finally been published in … Continue reading

White House Launches Microbiome Initiative, Includes the Ocean!
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White House Launches Microbiome Initiative, Includes the Ocean!

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology in collaboration with other Federal agencies and private companies announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) aiming to accelerate studies on microbiome research including the ocean microbiome. Their aims are summarized in three points: Support interdisciplinary research Develop platform tecnologies Expanding the microbiome workforce This essentially … Continue reading

Dollarizing Nature: once bad, but now nature’s best chance?
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Dollarizing Nature: once bad, but now nature’s best chance?

John Muir once said, “nothing dollarable is safe”. He said this during the time that he voraciously debated with Gifford Pinchot on the how we as a society should view the natural world. While Pinchot focused on the sustainable use of natural resources for the next generation to use, Muir argued for a complete lack … Continue reading

Wildlife biology: The computing skills that you need to know
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Wildlife biology: The computing skills that you need to know

This post is a sort of follow-up to an earlier post, “Getting Started with Bioinformatics”.  Two years ago, if I were to read that post, I would’ve thought that while bioinformatics if obviously powerful, it is not that relevant to me as someone more inclined in “classic field-based wildlife biology”. In such a profession, I … Continue reading

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill
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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”
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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

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