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Environmentalism

Ocean Optimism and Aliens

Conservation, EnvironmentalismSeptember 5, 20141

Ripley: How long after we’re declared overdue can we expect a rescue? Hicks: … Seventeen days. Hudson: Seventeen days? Hey man, I don’t wanna rain on your parade, but we’re not gonna last seventeen hours! Those things are gonna come in here just like they did before. And they’re gonna come in here… Ripley: Hudson! Hudson: …and […]

Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining

biology, Conservation, deep sea, Environmentalism, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 21, 2014

The mining of deep-sea hydrothermal vents for gold, copper, and other precious metals, is imminent. Over the last seven years I’ve worked with industry, academia, and international regulatory agencies to help craft guidelines for conducting environmental impact studies and assess the connectivity and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems. Deep-sea mining, particularly at hydrothermal vents, is a […]

Charm City’s Water Wheel: The first truly feasible ocean cleaning array is already afloat

Conservation, EnvironmentalismJuly 14, 2014

Ocean plastic is bad news. Last week we were learned that not only did every ocean have its own, personal garbage gyre, but that a huge amount of plastic is “missing” from the ocean–that is, it has been incorporated into the ecosystem in ways we don’t yet understand. While there is plenty of misinformation floating around out […]

Nerds for Nature harnesses citizen scientists to monitor environmental change

Citizen Science, Conservation, Environmentalism, Natural Science, ScienceMay 26, 2014

[Note, this is a press release for an ongoing project of which Amy and myself are involved.] Monday, May 26, 2014 — In September 2013, a large wildfire, ignited by careless target shooters, blazed across Mt. Diablo, leaving 3,100 acres of state park scorched. Wildfires are an important component of chaparral ecosystems, clearing the way […]

Don’t build a new inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMay 21, 2014

Dr.Prosanta Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an ichthyologist and evolutionary biologist. He is also Curator of Fishes at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science. You can learn more about him from his website www.prosanta.net and follow him on Twitter @LSU_FISH. The National Assembly of Nicaragua approved the rights to build a new canal through […]

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 […]

Explainer: An end to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program in Antarctica

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMarch 31, 2014

Early this morning, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan’s scientific whaling program in Antarctica violates the International Whaling Commission moratorium, and ordered Japan to stop.  This is big news for the marine conservation community, but like many legal policy decisions, it can be difficult to determine exactly what it means. I asked marine […]

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 […]

25 signs that you were a conservation child of the 90’s

Conservation, Environmentalism, Popular CultureDecember 22, 2013

The 90’s were a big decade for the environmental movement. The media landscape was filled with environmentally-themed programming. Major laws in the US and internationally were passed to protect the planet. Formative events galvanized, diversified, and sometimes radicalized the conservation community. And, like many other of our generation, we came of age right in the […]

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