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Core Themes for 2012

VentBase – securing the conservation of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 16, 2012

As a marine biologists just beginning my deep-sea education, conservation as a priority was an alien concept. The deep sea was the last true wilderness, distant and alien, impossibly difficult to access. We knew that exploitation was coming, companies had been exploring the potential of deep-sea mining for decades, but they always seemed to be […]

If fish evolved on land, where did they all go? Evolution and Biodiversity in the Ocean

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, evolution, Focus on Nuance, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 8, 2012

When Carl Sagan described our planet as a “pale blue dot” he was invoking the fact that, despite being called Earth, our world is mostly Ocean. The surface of the Earth is a little more than 70% water and the ocean accounts for 98-99% of our total biosphere–the volume of the planet that can support […]

Core themes of 2012: Underrepresented issues in marine science and conservation

Core Themes for 2012, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJanuary 26, 2012

One of the many unfortunate consequences of the decline in traditional media has been a reduction in science reporting. The formerly great CNN science unit closed in 2008, followed soon after by the health and science page of the Boston Globe. Alarmingly few trained science journalists are left, and people without proper training are being asked […]

Core Themes of 2012: Challenging the Conventional Narrative

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, policy, Social ScienceJanuary 25, 2012

Isaac Newton, after experiencing the bottom end of a falling apple, used that experience to formulate the theory of gravity. The inductive process Newton used is common to the goals of most scientific endeavors and a deeply ingrained part of the human psyche. As humans, we love to generalize. It helps us understand the world […]

Core Themes for 2012: The story behind the paper

Core Themes for 2012, The Story Behind the PaperJanuary 23, 2012

There is a disconnect between those who conduct scientific research and those who consume it. The public has a vision of science that involves crisp lab coats and expensive equipment, lone students toiling at the bench waiting for an eureka moment or field researchers swinging, Indiana Jones-style through the jungle, Science is, unfortunately, not that […]

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