Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)
Energy, News, and Climate / Science

Top down and bottom up controls (on wastewater treatment plants)

Top down and bottom up: two ideas often discussed in biology. Specifically, the idea that an organisms population is controlled by both bottom up controls (things like the amount of food around, temperature, freshwater availability) and top down controls (i.e., predation). But today, I’ll be thinking about ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ in a widely … Continue reading

Some do’s and don’ts of scientific presentations
Conference Rundowns / Science and Communication

Some do’s and don’ts of scientific presentations

I have recently returned to coastal NC after attending the 2017 Biennial Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) conference in Providence, Rhode Island. It was an extremely productive conference that allowed me the opportunity to present my research, network with leading experts in my field, get out of the UNC bubble, and see lots and lots … Continue reading

Teaching marine science in schools is essential
Guest Posts / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science / The HumanitSEAS

Teaching marine science in schools is essential

This is a guest post written by STEM education consultant Chris Anderson. Chris writes the science education blog Science Over Everything.   70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean. The oceans contain 97% of the Earth’s water and are home to 50% of the Earth’s species. And while 40% of Americans live in … Continue reading

I got my ‘Eye on Water’
How do we science? / Science / Scientists in Action!

I got my ‘Eye on Water’

Before writing this post, I did a quick search of UNdertheC looking for any hits related to ‘citizen science’, and surprisingly, nothing came up. I guess this means this will be the first post, tangentially related, to what is known as citizen science. So what is citizen science? The formal definition is: ‘the collection and … Continue reading

Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
For Fun / Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Science

Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!

This week I was interested in writing about something wacky in marine systems. Being an ecologist, I tend to discuss organisms and their environment. So as I brainstormed what to write, I thought back to my time as a research technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) with Dr. Emmett Duffy.  While working … Continue reading