Core Themes of 2012: Challenging the Conventional Narrative

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, policy, Social ScienceJanuary 25, 2012 • 1~2 min read

Isaac Newton, after experiencing the bottom end of a falling apple, used that experience to formulate the theory of gravity. The inductive process Newton used is common to the goals of most scientific endeavors and a deeply ingrained part of the human psyche. As humans, we love to generalize. It helps us understand the world […]

Bipartisan Fisheries Policy: A Worldwide First

Conservation, fisheries, Social ScienceJanuary 9, 2012 • 1~2 min read

According to the Washington Post, the US has overcome bipartisan politicking long enough to enact amendments to the Magnusen-Stevens Act that puts all fishery stocks into management – not just those threatened by overfishing. In practice, that means each stock has an absolute maximum catch limit for 2012. Perhaps the most resounding success of this […]

Fishing on Your Phone: Apps for the Ocean-Savvy

Gear ReviewsJanuary 5, 2012 • 2~3 min read

In recent months, I’ve been hearing snippets of conversation about the use of smartphones for lots of things involving fish: guiding seafood choices, fishing identification, even reporting to the state. Most are free, some cost money, and there’s a bunch that haven’t reached the Android market yet (so no review from me). Feel free to […]

The Connected Professor

Life in the Lab, ScienceJanuary 2, 2012 • 1~2 min read

Here at SFS, we seem to have an affinity for cyborgs. I recently had a dream in which I envisioned my future as such a creature. I had aged, achieved a professorship, and was teaching an introductory geography class. Contrary to the current classroom, however, there was not a learned scholar standing in front of […]

Water Quality in the Era of Small Government

Conservation, policy, Social ScienceDecember 21, 2011 • 2~2 min read

While the Republican presidential candidates threaten to dissolve the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level, struggles at the state and local levels show building blocks to such an action were stacking for years. When asked who is primarily responsible for protecting water quality, many citizens in North Carolina respond “don’t we have a department […]

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