The importance of #oceanoptimism
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Preservation / Science / Science and Communication

The importance of #oceanoptimism

Last week I attended a public lecture featuring three great minds in ocean science: Sylvia Earle, Nancy Knowlton, and Amanda Leland.   It was an inspiring night for all of us, and meeting Sylvia Earle was a honor. For more on that see Serena’s post. All three speakers presented different different viewpoints on the state … Continue reading

Is the “Ivory Tower” Actually a Barrier Against Conservation?
Conference Rundowns / Marine Preservation / Science and Communication

Is the “Ivory Tower” Actually a Barrier Against Conservation?

I recently returned from the 2014 International Marine Conservation Congress (in Scotland, which was pretty awesome) where I heard some great marine conservation presentations and met many interesting marine scientists/conservationists. Above all, I was inspired by the themes that were repeated throughout the week, calling on us as scientists to make marine science matter.   … Continue reading

Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices
Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science

Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices

What do you think of when you think about the Galapagos? Darwin, finches, tortoises, blue-footed boobys?   What else comes to mind? The word pristine, perhaps? How many people do you think live on the Galapagos (a volcanic archipelago owned by Ecuador, but located well off of the coast)? In 1970 there were around 4,000 … Continue reading

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?
Marine Life / Marine Preservation

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?

Once again, it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel. As a marine scientist I can’t condone the unholy union of fact and fiction which has seemed to characterize this year’s programming (see “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” and “Megalodon: The Shark That Lives”), but I can’t deny that sharks are pretty awesome. Despite evidence that a … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Reef Degradation
Marine Preservation / Podcasts and Videos / Policy / Science

Photography Friday: Reef Degradation

An article posted late last night on the NYT website reports that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, an independent Australian government agency whose purpose is to protect the Great Barrier Reef, has approved the dumping of 3 million cubic tons of sediment and dredging mud within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (a UNESCO … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Caribbean Reef Shark
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Photography Friday: Caribbean Reef Shark

A study was published on Jan 21, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List, that found a quarter of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction (more information here). Only 23% of these species are considered “safe” with the IUCN listing of “Least Concern.” You may think of sharks as threats to … Continue reading

Top 5 Things I Learned at Science Online Oceans 2013
Science / Science and Communication / Travel

Top 5 Things I Learned at Science Online Oceans 2013

Connect Outreach and Science As scientists, we need to start thinking of research and outreach as interconnected goals. The old paradigm within the scientific community has been “Do good work and it will speak for itself.” How about a new paradigm? Let’s try to change it to “Do good work and tell people about it.” … Continue reading