When Animals Take Over (Restoration Projects)
How do we science? / Marine Preservation

When Animals Take Over (Restoration Projects)

Most productivity gurus say that when you hit a wall, you should switch tasks.  This is how I ended up reading a paper about beavers who managed to hijack a wetland restoration for their benefit.  So congratulations!  You’re in the right place to learn some fancy philosophy terms and think about wetlands from a whooole … Continue reading

The Value of Invention: 3 Years of the Ocean Cleanup (and UNdertheC!)
Energy, News, and Climate / How do we science? / Policy

The Value of Invention: 3 Years of the Ocean Cleanup (and UNdertheC!)

UNdertheC was founded 3 years ago this month, which may lead you to ask, what other outlandishly successful marine initiatives share our inaugural year of 2013?  The most prominent seems to be the Ocean Cleanup, and HOLY COW.  The last time I’d paid much attention to the project, it was still a somewhat dreamy approach … Continue reading

Dollarizing Nature: once bad, but now nature’s best chance?
Marine Preservation / Policy / The HumanitSEAS / Uncategorized

Dollarizing Nature: once bad, but now nature’s best chance?

John Muir once said, “nothing dollarable is safe”. He said this during the time that he voraciously debated with Gifford Pinchot on the how we as a society should view the natural world. While Pinchot focused on the sustainable use of natural resources for the next generation to use, Muir argued for a complete lack … Continue reading

The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Life / Science

The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth. If you didn’t know that already you probably wouldn’t be here. For background on see these links (1, 2, 3). Also, reefs are beautiful and really cool (see below). However, corals are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They are especially … Continue reading

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill
Energy, News, and Climate / Guest Posts / Marine Preservation / Uncategorized

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

The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Preservation / Policy / The HumanitSEAS

The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?

If you have been following this blog, you have become familiar with a myriad of issues facing our oceans today: acidification, global warming, over fishing, ect. Yet, what is actually being done about it? While most of the environmental headlines have focused on the Paris talks, only recently has news coverage begun to highlight the … Continue reading