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SciFund challenge background: 6 questions you can answer about shark feeding ecology with stable isotope analysis

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 14, 2014

As many of you have heard, I have a project in the 4th SciFund Challenge, a scientific research crowdfunding organization.  My project, entitled “You are what you eat: non-lethal feeding ecology to help conserve threatened sharks,” is part of my Ph.D. dissertation research. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it over the new few […]

Public passion for shark finning bans is great. How do we channel it towards other issues?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 9, 2014

A recent proposal in New Zealand to outlaw shark finning received more than 45,000 public comments from all over the world, a staggering amount of public interest in fisheries policy. This is great news, because though many activists don’t really know what it means, shark finning is a major threat. Shark finning may well be the most […]

Fun Science Friday – BP Oil Spill Impacts Dolphins

biology, ecology, Fun Science Friday, policy, toxicologyJanuary 3, 2014

Happy Fun Science Friday! Though this post does not present such a happy story, given the recent discussion about dolphin photobombing, this week’s FSF is topically related.  In the spring of 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced catastrophic failure resulting in the worst oil spill in human history. The Gulf of Mexico (GoM) was […]

Here’s how you can tell that the “shark” photobombing kids is actually a dolphin

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 31, 2013

When California resident June Emerson snapped a photo of her children playing at the beach, she didn’t expect it to generate international news. Although the kids seem to be adorable, that isn’t what captured the attention of the media. In a wave behind them, you can see the outline of a large animal swimming by […]

13 amazing things scientists discovered about sharks in 2013

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 28, 2013

Other than a certain week in August whose name we shall not speak here, 2013 was a great year for both shark science and the communication of that shark science. There were many important and fascinating discoveries, and many of the world’s top media outlets covered them. Presented here is a list of 13 amazing scientific […]

On the clarity of animals: the art and science of clearing and staining

Blogging, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 17, 2013

Dr. Adam Summers  is trained as an engineer and mathematician, he turned to biology to satisfy a deep need to interact with nature.  His research applies simple physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement and reproduction.  The images shown here are the raw material that underlies his […]

What does the new species of hammerhead mean for shark science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 11, 2013

In the year 2000, Dr. William Driggers, now of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Mississippi, was sampling for sharks in South Carolina. Dr Driggers recalls that “at the time I was collecting samples from various species of sharks for life history studies and also collecting tissues for Dr. [Joseph] Quattro’s […]

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