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Ethics, Interdisciplinarity, and the Institutional Review Board

History of Science, Life in the Lab, Social Science, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 1, 2012

Say your local Lions Club wants to hold a focus group to determine what the community thinks would be the best way to direct community service efforts? What if you, as a blog writer, want to survey your readership about their demographics? What if the local food group wants to stand in front of a […]

Live from Dayton: Using twitter to shed light on the Scopes Monkey Trial, 87 years later

Core Themes for 2012, Focus on Nuance, History of Science, ScienceJuly 23, 2012

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve taken to twitter to “live-tweet” the Scopes Monkey Trial, as it happens, 87 years after the event. Through the news reports of H.L. Mencken and several historical documents, I attempted to capture the atmosphere of 1925 Dayton, Tennessee, the tension of the trial, the exciting, and sometimes irreverent, nature of the […]

The historical origins of ‘whales as people’

Conservation, History of Science, Popular Culture, ScienceOctober 30, 2011

In an attempt to garner attention and raise awareness regarding the problematic use of orcas and other marine mammals in captivity for entertainment, PETA, an animal rights group, has sued Sea World, a corporation that builds and manages aquariums and marine parks. Opposition  to Sea World’s brand of entertainment-driven aquariums is nothing new, but this fresh lawsuit […]

Just enough about “Certainly More Than You Want to Know About The Fishes of The Pacific Coast” to pique your curiosity

History of Science, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 14, 2011

There is a website floating around the interwebs entitled “So you want to be a marine biologist?” that most future marine biologists who came of age in the early 21st century have encountered. The sage page of advice is followed up with “So you want to be a marine biologist, the revenge“. Reading through these […]

Misunderstood Marine Life # 1 – The five biggest myths about Marine Biologists

History of Science, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, Popular Culture, ScienceOctober 7, 2011

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the single most misunderstood marine creature that calls our oceans its home: the rare, elusive, often smelly, occasionally employable, Marine Biologist! For something so incredibly popular, articulate, good-looking, and revered, there sure are a lot of misconceptions about who marine biologists are and what they do. Myth […]

Unraveling the mysteries of Stellar’s Sea Ape

History of Science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceOctober 4, 2011

Last year for our Week of Ocean Pseudoscience, we counted down our top seven marine cryptids. Number seven was the elusive Stellar’s Sea Ape, documented only once by renowned naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller. Even though the Sea Ape has not been seen since, Steller’s deserved reputation as a world class naturalist has kept the Sea […]

Misunderstood Marine Life # 7 – The Living Fossils

evolution, History of Science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceOctober 3, 2011

Horseshoe Crabs, Coelacanths, Seven-gilled sharks, hagfish. Throughout the oceans there are creatures whose primitive bodies hearken back to earlier days in our evolutionary history. They possess basal characteristics that are more akin to those of the ancestors of our contemporary phyla. Because we can look into these organisms and learn something about our own deep past, we […]

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