The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10

Venoms are complex chemical cocktails designed to be actively injected into another organism and wreak cellular havoc (not to be confused with poisons, which need to be ingested). Venoms have a rich evolutionary history, with each independently evolved lineage accumulating new duplicate genes that can then mutate and alter existing proteins to produce an extraordinarily … Continue reading

Bon Voyage, Serena!
How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

Bon Voyage, Serena!

As you likely know from yesterday’s post “Life After Graduate School,” Serena Hackerott graduated with her MS last semester, to the mingled horror and happiness of the UNdertheC blog team. Serena’s contributions to the blog cannot be overstated, as our corner of the internet might never have existed without her. Serena and Justin co-founded the … Continue reading

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy

Since lionfish invaded the Caribbean and Atlantic, there have been programs promoting the consumption of lionfish in an effort to control them. There have been lionfish cookouts following lionfish derbies, restaurants serving lionfish, and even fishermen selling and exporting lionfish filets.  But in 2012, Florida Sea Grant and the FDA found detectable levels of ciguatera … Continue reading

Film Friday: The Lionfish Invasion in Four Minutes
How do we science? / Marine Life / Podcasts and Videos / Scientists in Action!

Film Friday: The Lionfish Invasion in Four Minutes

Happy Film Friday! Some of the other UNdertheC bloggers and I have been taking a science communication class at UNC this semester. For our final project, we had to explain our research topics using a form of communication that was new to us. For my project, I chose to make a YouTube video explaining the … Continue reading

Film Friday: Welcome to the Shark Circus (Gone Wrong)! When “trained” sharks attack…
Marine Life / Podcasts and Videos / Science

Film Friday: Welcome to the Shark Circus (Gone Wrong)! When “trained” sharks attack…

“Training” wild sharks to eat lionfish might sound like a good idea. But what happens if they are actually being “trained” to attack divers? Since the lionfish invasion hit the news, people have suggested that native predators will eat and control invasive lionfish. For more information check out our previous posts The Great Debate: Predators … Continue reading

My Un”Belize”able adventure with ReefCI
Guest Posts / How do we science? / Science / Travel

My Un”Belize”able adventure with ReefCI

The following is a guest post from Aubrey Germ, an undergraduate student from John Bruno’s Fall 2013 Marine Ecology class at UNC-CH. By Aubrey Germ, senior undergraduate Environmental Health Science Major, Marine Sciences Minor Contributing information from Tracy Allen, Dive Master with ReefCI I watched helplessly as a giant wave crashed over the bow of … Continue reading