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Robots Versus Aliens – Anticipatory conservation in technology-drive initiatives

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, ScienceSeptember 30, 2015

This week, I and a team of marine ecologist, explorers, and ocean technologists published Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs. This paper, conceived and largely produced during the ROV2PNG Marine Science Short Course in Papua New Guinea, represent the current best practices for minimizing or eliminating the […]

Congressional Republicans hold Ocean Science Hostage Over Failed Anti-health Care Bill

ConservationSeptember 25, 2015

All summer and into the fall, Congressional Republicans have been attempting to pass a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care needs to women across the country. After the latest bill failed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to put forth a “clean bill” that would avoid an October government shutdown. With […]

Got grants? New small grants for marine conservation launched by SCB Marine

ConservationSeptember 17, 2015

The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section (SCB Marine) has just  initiated their Conservation Small Grants Program (CSGP) to fund worthy conservation projects around the globe. The grants will vary from $500-$700 and priority is being given to individuals from developing countries and those working in developing countries, where projects a small amount of money could make a big difference. […]

One of the world’s rarest birds is also the squee-est

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, ecologyAugust 19, 2015

Introducing the spoon-billed sandpiper: Spoon-billed sandpipers are migratory wader birds that breed in the sub-Arctic and winter in southeast Asia.  Best estimates point to less than 100 breeding pairs left in the wild due to a decrease of breeding habitat in the Arctic and increase of bird-hunters in Asia.  Don’t worry, this is a story about #OceanOptimism…

How to NOT get ahead in advertising – what many conservation NGOs are doing wrong

#OceanOptimism, #SciComm, Conservation, EducationAugust 17, 2015

This year’s International Congress for Conservation Biology had a special double symposium on conservation marketing. What is conservation marketing I hear you ask? Well it’s using the tried and tested techniques from the advertising field, behind which there is a significant amount of research, to increase public awareness and especially change public behavior to aid […]

The difference between animal welfare and animal rights

Animal welfare, Conservation, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationAugust 11, 2015

I have just attended a big international conservation meeting for the past week and there was a lot of discussion about the “Cecil the Lion Phenomenon.” In many discussions, the terms animal welfare and animal rights were brought up frequently, and it was very clear that many conservation scientists do not know the difference between […]

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