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A Primer on Ethics in the Human Dimensions of Conservation

Conservation, State of the Field, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 30, 2013

Think about the word ‘ethics’ for a moment. For some, the word creates images of smiling people sitting around a table, the picture of diversity, happily planning a future in which no one is ever taken advantage of. For others, the image may be of nun-like ascetics peering over your shoulder with an armful of […]

Rumors from the Abyss: visions of a future without deep sea conservation

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldJuly 6, 2011

The deep benthos is simultaneously the largest and least explored ecosystem on the planet. Covering nearly 60% of the Earth’s surface, it supports an almost unimaginable reservoir of biodiversity, rivaling all terrestrial habitats combined. Its microbial and metabolic diversity have revolutionized our view of how life is sustained, not once, but twice (first with the […]

State of the Field: A New Type of Policy Analysis

policy, Social Science, State of the FieldMarch 22, 2011

The focus on community and informal rules that were found to frequently structure successful commons management made apparent that the word ‘policy’ needed to be expanded. Policy scholars now look beyond the official written laws, reports, and regulations that are often written by a central government to multi-scalar rules that govern the structure and behavior […]

State of the Field: First World or Third World?

State of the FieldMarch 15, 2011

Ever stop to think what divides the first from the third world? Why don’t we ever hear about the second and why don’t countries move between categories as they develop? Well, because the categories are historical – the second world is reserved for post-soviet countries attempting to rebuild governance. The first world is reserved for […]

State of the Field: Shark Conservation Policies

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, State of the FieldMarch 1, 2011

Shark populations around the world are crashing. Researchers have reported that many populations have decreased by 90% or more since the 1970’s. The leading causes for these precipitous declines are bycatch, which kills tens of millions of sharks each year, and the shark fin fishery, which kills as many as 73 million sharks each year. […]

State of the Field: Satellite tagging sharks

marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldFebruary 15, 2011

Modern shark researchers have access to a variety of high-tech tools. Acoustic tags with noises specific to each individual shark signal a receiver (or network of receivers) every time the shark passes nearby. Some tags have three-dimensional accelerometers, allowing researchers to study the small scale movement patterns and behaviors of sharks. Others, which are placed […]

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