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

Trust Me, I’m a Scientist
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Trust Me, I’m a Scientist

For those of us in the environmental sciences community, there are few frustrations that get to us more than the ongoing “debate” about the existence and cause of climate change. With an overwhelming majority of climate researchers agreeing that the recent trend in global warming is most likely caused by human activity, why is it … Continue reading

Public enemy #1: The climate?
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Public enemy #1: The climate?

(Full disclosure, I am partially funded for my graduate studies through the Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship.  This article (and this blog) are not endorsed by anyone, including the DoD. The thoughts and opinions below are my own or properly credited to the appropriate source. Reading on, and reading the linked Climate Roadmap may also help … Continue reading

Social media, special interest groups, and the spread of scientific misinformation
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Social media, special interest groups, and the spread of scientific misinformation

I recently read a great blog post about issues with the spread of misinformation via social media. If you are a social media user, I’m sure this is something you are familiar with. How often have you gone on Facebook and seen “16 dead in tragic roller coaster accident in Orlando” all over the page? … Continue reading

Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices
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Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices

What do you think of when you think about the Galapagos? Darwin, finches, tortoises, blue-footed boobys?   What else comes to mind? The word pristine, perhaps? How many people do you think live on the Galapagos (a volcanic archipelago owned by Ecuador, but located well off of the coast)? In 1970 there were around 4,000 … Continue reading

New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds
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New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds

As a scientist studying issues related to climate change, I have had my share of futile conversation, arguments, and debates with climate deniers. It happens, perhaps too frequently. I recently had one of these conversations with a well-educated, young engineer during a cross-country flight. Said engineer was not so sure that the human impact on … Continue reading

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?
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Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?

As a grad student I often find myself in conversations with colleagues concerning job prospects, diversity, biases in science, and the difficulties of publishing. I’m lucky to be in a very diverse marine science department full of students from all types of backgrounds. We have more female grad students than male grad students around here, … Continue reading

Bill Nye the Science Guy versus Ken Ham the Creation Man: Who Won the Debate?
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Bill Nye the Science Guy versus Ken Ham the Creation Man: Who Won the Debate?

Instead of doing my homework, last night I sat down and watched the entirety of the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate/showdown. For those who avoided the whole thing, Bill Nye (a famous science educator) and Ken Ham (a Christian author who believes that Creationism should be taught in schools alongside evolution) agreed to meet … 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