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American Elasmobranch Society announces new initiative to promote diversity in marine science

BloggingJuly 16, 2015

The American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s largest and oldest professional society focusing on shark and ray research, announced a new diversity initiative today. The new Young Professional Recruitment Fund will identify and contact students, postdocs and early career professional from historically underrepresented minority groups and from developing countries whose research focuses on elasmobranchs. Additionally, if you are […]

Does Shark Week portrayal of sharks matter?

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksJune 29, 2015

I’ve been critical of factual inaccuracy and fearmongering on Shark Week documentaries for years. But how big of a problem is this, and how do we know? I asked some of the authors of three recent scientific studies*  to summarize the evidence. Many species of sharks are in desperate need of conservation. Twenty-four percent of all known species […]

For World Oceans Day, ask David anything!

BloggingJune 8, 2015

Happy World Oceans Day, everyone! To celebrate, I’m participating in the Consortium for Ocean Leadership “My Ocean Question” twitter panel, and doing a Reddit “Ask Me Anything.” From 1-5 p.m. eastern, ask questions about the ocean on twitter using hashtag #MyOceanQ , and tag @OceanLeadership ! I’m on deck to answer questions about sharks from […]

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