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

Astro-Oceanographers and the Search for Titan’s Seas
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Astro-Oceanographers and the Search for Titan’s Seas

I’m first and foremost a marine scientist, but I’m going to admit something to you all–I’ve kind of got a thing going on the side with astronomy. I’ve been furtively watching the revamped Cosmos (Haven’t seen the show yet? Screw reading this post–head over here and watch it!) and reading about new Big Bang breakthroughs … Continue reading

Cetaceans react to sonic exploration
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Cetaceans react to sonic exploration

This article is in follow-up to Serena’s earlier post about NOAA’s emerging guidelines in marine mammal acoustic protection. As Serena noted, marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), are constantly communicating underwater using sound waves. Humans have also begun to use sound waves underwater to make processes of mapping the ocean floor easier and … Continue reading

Oceanography goes six feet under
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Oceanography goes six feet under

Whether you consider them centers of discovery or lairs of evil geniuses, you probably have some mental image of a scientific lab (or la-BOHR-atory, for you evil geniuses).  There’s the row of white coats, the cabinets of mysterious glass bottles, and, always, the machines.  Blinking and beeping, these instruments, as they are more formally known, … Continue reading