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Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
For Fun / Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Science

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

Understanding Reefs part 1: Why reefs matter no matter where you live
Energy / Energy, News, and Climate / Science and Communication / Uncategorized

Understanding Reefs part 1: Why reefs matter no matter where you live

Reefs keep you and the people/places you care about safe. They also provide you and many others globally with food and money. Reefs are vital for life on this planet. Losing them would be a serious blow to global health and economics. Protecting them on a global scale is hard, but you can do your part with small lifestyle changes (eat sustainable seafood, lower your carbon footprint, and ditch single use items for reusable alternatives. Continue reading

An ode to our “science president”
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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

The scientific method in real life
How do we science? / Policy / Science

The scientific method in real life

One of the very first things anybody learns about science is the scientific method. Observation, hypothesis, experiment, conclusion. It’s the scientific creed. The motto scientists live by. But, despite the seemingly simple 4-steps, in reality, the scientific method is a tortuous path that can be slow, complicated, winding, and at times, incredibly frustrating. To really … Continue reading

How researchers can be better science educators-advice from a science education professional
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How researchers can be better science educators-advice from a science education professional

Over the winter break I interviewed Chris Anderson of Science Over Everything about how science researchers can be better science educators. Outside of his scicomm blog, Chris is a consultant with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He primarily works as an instructional coach to educators and curriculum managers to help them build science … Continue reading