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SciFund Challenge: Help support my shark feeding ecology research

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksFebruary 3, 2014

I am participating in the 4th SciFund Challenge, a crowdfunding event for scientific research! My project, part of my Ph.D. dissertation research, is looking at the feeding ecology of local species of sharks with the goal of generating data that can help managers to conserve and protect these species. I’d appreciate any assistance you can […]

Fisherman catches cosmopolitan planktonic tunicate. You’ll never guess what various news agencies are calling it.

biology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 22, 2014

“Translucent fish leaves New Zealand fisherman stunned” ~UK Metro “Shrimp-like Translucent Sea Creature Found off Northland’s East Coast” ~Science World Report “Now that’s a jelly fish! Stunned fisherman catches wobbly shrimp-like creature” ~Daily Mail And another half-dozen variations on translucent, fish, shrimp, and baffled. This creature, whose image has gone viral in the last few […]

First systematic threat analysis reveals that 1/4 of sharks, rays, and chimaeras are threatened with extinction

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 21, 2014

It took a team of over 300 scientists nearly two decades, but the first systematic analysis of the conservation status of chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and chimaeras) has been completed. The results, published today (open access) in a paper titled “Extinction risk and conservation of the world’s sharks and rays,” are chilling. “Our unprecedented analysis shows that […]

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 […]

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