Why YOU Should Be Thinking More About Parasites
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Why YOU Should Be Thinking More About Parasites

This guest post was written by Anastasia Quintana.  Anastasia is a 2nd-year PhD student at Duke (please don’t stop reading) who used to study marine parasite ecology at UCSB with Armand Kuris. Now she has switched fully into the social sciences, and studies with advisor Xavier Basurto how communities organize to manage their environmental resources. She is enthusiastic about … Continue reading

Megan’s Field Work Musings
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Megan’s Field Work Musings

Oceanographic field work has to take place in – you guessed it – the ocean. Most of the time, I sit at my computer and play with Matlab scripts and gigantic stores of data, but every so often one of my fellow Seim lab graduate students (and researcher at the Coastal Studies Institute) Mike Muglia … Continue reading

A Defense of the Thesis Defense: Kelsey’s Diatoms
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A Defense of the Thesis Defense: Kelsey’s Diatoms

Last Wednesday, our very own Kelsey Ellis defended her Master’s Thesis in front of a crowd of thousands of people. Just kidding, there weren’t quite that many people, but I’m sure it feels like that to a nervous student on the brink of one of the most stressful times of their graduate career. A ‘defense’ … Continue reading

What I did this summer: how corals can teach us about climate (Castillo Lab Field Work 2015)
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What I did this summer: how corals can teach us about climate (Castillo Lab Field Work 2015)

As those of you who follow myself (@jbaumann3), the blog (@underthecblog), or my lab (@castillocorals) on social media may know, our lab has spent the better part of our summer in field collecting coral cores. The coral cores in the image above were extracted from various reefs across the Florida Keys. Before I tell you … Continue reading

4 ways to make a difference this Earth Day
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4 ways to make a difference this Earth Day

Today is April 22nd, also know as “Earth Day.” Today people will bake earth shaped cookies, bike to work, do city cleanups, plant trees, and maybe even recycle. All of this stuff is great! The earth is a pretty imporatnt place. We live here and it’s our home. The only one we’ve ever known and … 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

You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing
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You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing

Even if you are interested in wind energy in North Carolina (this blogger), and even if you attempt to feign interest in local policy matters (again, this blogger), the news last week that our governor’s office has requested an extended buffer against offshore wind farms may have flown under your radar. The NC Department of … Continue reading

The struggle life of a physicist in a chemical oceanography course
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The struggle life of a physicist in a chemical oceanography course

This post might be aiming for a bit of a niche market out there, but I’m going for it. As a graduate student in the Department of Marine Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, we have to take four core marine science courses: Marine Geology, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, and Physical Oceanography (THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS). … Continue reading