Understanding reefs part 2: Artificial reefs and reef restoration
Energy, News, and Climate / Science / Science and Communication / Uncategorized

Understanding reefs part 2: Artificial reefs and reef restoration

Last month I wrote a post detailing what a reef is and why they should matter to you regardless of where you live. This month I am building off of that idea and talking about something that I get a lot of questions about. Artificial reefs and reef restoration. What is a reef? For review, … Continue reading

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

Mimicking Nature: Seagrass Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay
Guest Posts / How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

Mimicking Nature: Seagrass Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay

This guest post was written by Rachel Wimmer. Rachel is a senior at the College of William & Mary studying biology and marine science. She works in the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science studying seagrass ecology under Jon Lefcheck. She also serves as an EcoAmbassador for W&M’s Committee … Continue reading

#NoFilter: Oyster restoration and its challenges
Guest Posts / Marine Preservation

#NoFilter: Oyster restoration and its challenges

This guest post was written by Ben Maxie. Ben is an undergraduate researcher at Old Dominion University who studies zooxanthellae genetics with Dan Barshis. Aside from marine biology, he is interested in beer brewing, car modification, and hiking. In a small refuge in the Elizabeth River near the Chesapeake Bay, my colleagues and I trudged … Continue reading

New Tech to Help Clean Ocean Plastic
Guest Posts / Marine Preservation / Technology

New Tech to Help Clean Ocean Plastic

This guest post was written by Ben Maxie. Ben is an undergraduate researcher at Old Dominion University who studies zooxanthellae genetics with Dan Barshis. Aside from marine biology, he is interested in beer brewing, car modification, and hiking. It’s estimated that 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans per … Continue reading

The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves
How do we science? / The HumanitSEAS

The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves

As anyone who’s tried to keep a fickle houseplant alive knows, plant cultivation is not easy.  While Matt Damon is growing potatoes on Mars, most of us are struggling to figure out why our bromeliads are drooping despite our unfettered attentions.  Now imagine growing those plants in slightly less hospitable conditions- say, a few days … Continue reading