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Challenging the Conventional Narrative

Connecting the Town and Gown: Cooperative Extension

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Focus on Nuance, UncategorizedJuly 31, 2014

Over the last few months, I’ve seen a few efforts proposed to better connect universities to local community research needs. While whole practices and skill sets around participatory action research, community-based research, etc., exist, these don’t quite meet the need these recent proposals attempt to address. These proposals are not talking one faculty research program implementing […]

We need a different economic model for supporting conservation work. Here’s my story.

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Environmentalism, Personal Stories, Science Life, Sustainability, UncategorizedMay 12, 2014

Many years ago, I was offered a job doing restoration work at a coal company while perusing festival booths in Fairbanks, Alaska. Still wearing my college-aged rose colored glasses, I was skeptical of working for conservation within industry, said thanks-but-no-thanks, and returned to upstate New York to finish my degree. Looking back, I honestly believe […]

Why a California great white shark scientist opposes CA Endangered Species Act protections

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksFebruary 22, 2013

Dr. Chris Lowe is a Professor of Marine Biology at California State University Long Beach, and is Director of the  CSULB Shark Lab. He has studied  California’s great white sharks for more than 10 years, and has written more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Lowe also serves on the Board of Directors for the […]

Alberta, Canada is the proud owner of the largest man-made pyramid on the planet

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, ScienceOctober 16, 2012

Pharaoh Khufu must be rolling in his monumental grave. Since its construction in 2560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the largest man-made pyramid ever built*. For 3800 years, it held the title of the tallest man-made structure of any kind. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that our buildings began dwarfing this wonder […]

The horrifying physiological and psychological consequences of being Aquaman

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Aquaman, Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, Popular CultureJuly 18, 2012

Aquaman may not be everybody’s favorite superhero, but since his creation in 1941, he has been among DC’s most enduring icons. During the Golden Age of comic books, he held his own against Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Silver Age Aquaman was a founding member of the Justice League. His powers, tied to the ocean, […]

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 […]

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