How I decide whether or not to give an interview to a journalist

#SciCommOctober 28, 2015 • 1~2 min read

I’m quite selective about what journalists/ publication I’ll agree to an interview with, as well as what topics I’ll agree to speak about. I turn down ten or so interviews for every one that I agree to give, though I will often recommend alternative experts for journalists to interview. First and foremost, if I don’t have time, […]

Frequently asked questions about sharks (and about me)

BloggingOctober 27, 2015 • 1~2 min read

Every week on twitter (and every few weeks on my Facebook fan page,) I host a one hour “ask me anything” session. I also give lots of interviews to the press, and occasionally answer high school students’ questions about what my job is like for class projects. Some of the same questions tend to come up over and […]

OceansOnline: How can internet tools help marine scientists and conservationists?

#SciComm, BloggingOctober 20, 2015 • 1~2 min read

Next summer’s 4th International Marine Conservation Congress will include an optional full day add-on called OceansOnline. This add-on day, inspired by 2013’s successful ScienceOnline Oceans, will focus on how social media and other internet tools can help ocean scientists and conservation professionals with research, collaboration, and public outreach. OceansOnline is suitable for total beginners who want to learn how to […]

Contribute to science communication research, take the Southern Fried Science reader survey!

UncategorizedOctober 19, 2015 • 1~2 min read

We have partnered with Dr. Paige Brown Jarreau, a science communication researcher, to create a survey of Southern Fried Science readers. By participating, you’ll help contribute to scientific understanding of blogs and blog readership. You’ll also get some free science art from Paige’s photography, as well as chances to win a t-shirt and other prizes. […]

Applications now open for the Elasmobranch Society’s new diversity in marine science initiative

marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 16, 2015 • 1~2 min read

The American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s oldest and largest professional society focusing on the scientific study and management of sharks and their relatives, is now welcoming applications for the Young Professional Recruitment Fund, our new diversity initiative. Awardees will be given one year of Society membership, in addition to specialized professional development training, mentorship, and networking […]

Thanks for buying David Shiffman (A.K.A. me) a less ugly pair of sunglasses!

UncategorizedAugust 21, 2015 • 1~2 min read

In April, Andrew introduced the “Buy David Shiffman less ugly sunglasses” crowdfunding campaign, a campaign which included several amazing donor perks like 3D printed megalodon teeth. All funds raised in excess of the cost of a new pair of prescription sunglasses would go towards ongoing shark conservation research and outreach projects. After a month of campaigning, […]

28 quotes, facts and graphs from the new UN global use of shark products report

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksAugust 2, 2015 • 2~2 min read

The United Nations Food and Agriculture organization just released fisheries and agriculture technical paper number 590, “the state of the global market for shark products.” Coauthored by legendary shark conservation researcher Shelley Clarke, this 196 page document is a comprehensive look at, um, the state of the global market for shark products. It includes an updated […]

11 thoughts about Cecil the lion

BloggingJuly 30, 2015 • 2~2 min read

1) The manner in which Cecil the lion was killed (he slowly bled to death over nearly 2 days after being shot with an arrow before eventually being shot with a rifle) is strikingly inhumane and atypical of hunting. Lots of people seem to be fixating on the fact that he was skinned and beheaded […]

Tweets from the American Elasmobranch Society 2015

#SciCommJuly 20, 2015 • 2~3 min read

This year, there were 3,680 tweets with the American Elasmobranch Society meeting hashtag #AES15, approximately 1,000 of these from me and the rest from another approximately 20 members who attended the conference. In contrast, the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, of which AES is a small part (approximately 1/6th of the talks), had a […]

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