Why YOU Should Be Thinking More About Parasites
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

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

Greetings from Lake Taihu!
How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

Greetings from Lake Taihu!

Today’s blog post was written by Alex Hounshell, one of our regular bloggers.  Since Alex is abroad with limited internet access, her post is being published by our general UNdertheC account. Last blog post I wrote about the logistics (and my reservations) about conducting scientific research abroad. Today, I write from abroad. From Taihu, China … Continue reading

What is Your Marine Science Destiny?
Funsies / How do we science?

What is Your Marine Science Destiny?

Here at UndertheC, we finally have the answer to the question you’ve always been asking yourself…what is your marine science destiny? When you finally take the plunge and decide to become a marine scientist, what will you research? Take our highly scientific, extensively thought-out quiz below and find out!   Charismatic Megafauna: The ocean may in … Continue reading

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist
How do we science? / Science

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist

If you don’t use phrases like heteroscedasticity, dynamic convection, or quantitative polymerase chain reaction in your everyday life, join the club. I don’t either. But words like these can make scientific articles seem abstract and inaccessible. Have no fear, dear readers, I am here to tell you that you too can enjoy the pleasure derived … Continue reading

From the scientist’s mouth: Barbara Zemskova
How do we science? / Science / Scientists in Action!

From the scientist’s mouth: Barbara Zemskova

Welcome to a new series of articles all about the people behind the science. Every month, we will profile students, technicians, and professors in order to personalize the at times inaccessible world of research. You might say Barbara Zemskova is our resident mixologist – of the ocean that is. Barbara is one of our fellow graduate students … Continue reading

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part I)
How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

A Scientist at Sea: California Current Research Cruise (Part I)

From Kelsey, currently (haha, pun!) on her California Current Cruise- This week, I’m writing to you from someplace other than my little cubicle in the Marine Sciences Dept.—instead, I’m aboard the good ship R/V Melville, currently sailing through the Pacific Ocean! My advisor, another graduate student from my lab (Natalie of Living with Diatoms, Part … Continue reading

The importance of spreading science responsibly
Science / Science and Communication

The importance of spreading science responsibly

[Full Disclosure: I wrote this article for the express purpose of sharing this gifset: Cosmos with Carl Sagan] It is unsurprising that the recent creation/evolution debate stirred up some voracious animosities both in real life, and in comments on our very own blog. Discussions about the nature of science are rarely brought to center stage … Continue reading