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No, harassing a shark for fun is not ethically equivalent to scientific research that helps conserve a species

Blogging, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 26, 2014

Last month, I wrote an article for Scientific American that I shouldn’t have had to write. In it, I argued that riding, poking, prodding or otherwise harassing a free-swimming large predatory animal for fun is a bad idea. I do mean “argued;” believe it or not, there are people who strongly disagree with me. In my […]

The science of shark control (and what it means for the Western Australia cull)

Blogging, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 17, 2014

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University. He has more than 25 years of experience in researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. He is a graduate of James Cook University where he undertook […]

2 opportunities to hone your online science outreach skills

Blogging, Conservation, EnvironmentalismMarch 11, 2014

Looking for classes on science, social media, and online environmental writing? We’ve got two classes coming up for undergraduate, graduate, and professionals students looking to hone their online outreach skills. Social Media For Environmental Communications: taught this year by me and Dr. Amy Freitag, this course will be taught over 6 weeks this spring as […]

Don’t diss the dolphins

Blogging, ConservationMarch 6, 2014

 Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in research projects in every continent except Antarctica. Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the undergraduate coordinator for their environmental science program. He’s a member of the scientific committee […]

Changes Proposed for U.S. Fisheries Management: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, policy, SustainabilityFebruary 9, 2014

This past Tuesday, the draft bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act was released by the U.S. House.  The Magnuson-Stevens Act is a big deal because this is the law that lays out how fisheries management works in the United States.  This time, a number of changes have been proposed by Representative Doc Hastings, some of […]

Look beyond Shark Week to find the ocean’s most fascinating life

Conservation, ScienceFebruary 3, 2014

Dr. Steve Palumbi studies the genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology and systematics of a diverse array of marine organisms. Along with Tony Palumbi he is the author of the forthcoming book The Extreme Life of the Sea. UnShark Week is a week long celebration of the ocean’s extremes.  Since 1987, the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week pumps […]

First systematic threat analysis reveals that 1/4 of sharks, rays, and chimaeras are threatened with extinction

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 21, 2014

It took a team of over 300 scientists nearly two decades, but the first systematic analysis of the conservation status of chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and chimaeras) has been completed. The results, published today (open access) in a paper titled “Extinction risk and conservation of the world’s sharks and rays,” are chilling. “Our unprecedented analysis shows that […]

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