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

This Week in #Oceanoptimism — Marine Reserves on the Rise
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This Week in #Oceanoptimism — Marine Reserves on the Rise

Have you ever heard of the Pitcairn Islands? Answer: Unless you’ve read or seen Mutiny on the Bounty (based on real events), probably not. Well, they are a small group of islands in the middle of the Pacific about halfway between New Zealand and South America. Earlier this month, the British government turned these tiny … Continue reading

Gotta Catch ‘Em All? The ethics of specimen collection for scientific research
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Gotta Catch ‘Em All? The ethics of specimen collection for scientific research

As a coral biologist/physiologist, the ethics of specimen collection for scientific research has been on my mind since day one. We do a lot of destructive sampling in this field. In order to make physiological measurements on a coral, the organism most often be sacrificed. I have seen many a freezer full of collected coral … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Reef Degradation
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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

Shark cull in Western Australia: When policy laughs in the face of logic
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Shark cull in Western Australia: When policy laughs in the face of logic

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the government of Western Australia has decided to pursue a shark cull. The government supported program allows for the killing of sharks in Western Australian waters, including threatened Great Whites. There have been reports of people shooting sharks, but most of the culling will be done be baiting … Continue reading