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10 components of a sustainable shark fishery, and how you can help implement them

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityNovember 7, 2013

In 1999, government officials from all over the world gathered in Rome for a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Committee on Fisheries. The Committee meets every two years,  but one of the numerous outputs of this meeting was particularly significant, at least for sharks. Based on years of consultation and discussion […]

One-fifth of all known hydrothermal vents are threatened by deep-sea mining

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 6, 2013

Few moments have so profoundly altered our understanding of what it means to be a living thing on Planet Earth as the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and the organisms that thrive around them. The first vents visited were dominated by Riftia pachyptila, the giant tube worm, whose magnificent ruby plumage parted to reveal an […]

Check out my #DrownYourTown feature at Zócalo Public Square

#DrownYourTown, climate change, Fleet, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionNovember 1, 2013

One day, I’ll look back fondly and tell my grandkids about the week I spent flooding the planet. It began as a lark. For the past few months, I’ve been writing installments of a serialized science fiction novel about a world in which the oceans have risen nearly 80 meters and most of the human […]

28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the US West Coast

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceOctober 29, 2013

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news, with recent reports of continued leaks. Coming on the heels of these new reports is a viral blog post entitled 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima. The article is a paranoid, poorly reasoned attempt to […]

Happy Fun Science Friday – First Venomous Crustacean

biology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Ongoing Series, ScienceOctober 25, 2013

Happy Fun Science Friday everyone! After a busy semester I hope to get into the regular groove of Fun Science Friday posts. This week I bring you the first and only known venomous crustacean, the remipede Speleonectes tulumensis. These crustaceans were first discovered in the 1980s and suspected to be venomous after documentation that behind their jaws, they […]

#DrownYourTown: Exploring Sea Level Rise through real-time, interactive, GIS modeling

#DrownYourTown, climate change, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 16, 2013

UPDATE: These posts, and the hashtag are getting a lot of attention, so I’d like to reiterate, Caveat Tweetor (twitter beware) — these models are being generated on the fly as request come in. They are not validated and there are many variables that influence sea level rise which are not taken into account. This […]

Science in the Fleet: The Promise of Technology as a Panacea for Human Impacts

climate change, Fleet, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science Fiction, SustainabilityOctober 7, 2013

Today marks the release of Fleet: Wide Open, part 2 of my serial maritime science fiction adventure. With half the story revealed, we now see the roll technology plays in both the history and the day-to-day operations of the fleet. Specifically, we see three major technological advances that seem as though they would have been […]

A photo of people eating a shark is upsetting activists for some silly reason

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 26, 2013

A photo of a single thresher shark being served for dinner at a resort is making the rounds among shark conservation activists. The photo, shown on the right, has been shared more than 12,000 times. A petition written in response to the image  (in French) has over 1,000 signatures. The story has even made it into […]

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