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Establishing Best Practices to Minimize Waste in a Conservation Genetics Lab

Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, Environmentalism, Focus on Nuance, Life in the Lab, Science, Sustainability

I am, among other things, a conservation geneticist. What that means is that I use the tools of molecular ecology and population genetics to make observations about species and populations in at-risk ecosystems, assess the status of anthropogenically disturbed populations, and generate data that has direct applications to conservation and management issues. Essentially, the only […]

How to Make A Pretty Map

geography, Life in the LabNovember 6, 2012

Cartographers of old produced maps that now hang in art galleries, living rooms, and libraries. They were works of art, embellished with the cartographer’s personality – from their handwriting to the fanciful borders of the page  and sometimes even sea creatures. Peruse for a moment this map of North Carolina (then part of the Virginia […]

Ethics, Interdisciplinarity, and the Institutional Review Board

History of Science, Life in the Lab, Social Science, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 1, 2012

Say your local Lions Club wants to hold a focus group to determine what the community thinks would be the best way to direct community service efforts? What if you, as a blog writer, want to survey your readership about their demographics? What if the local food group wants to stand in front of a […]

Beneath the Broken Ice: Playing with Mud

biology, climate change, ecology, Life in the Lab, Natural Science, ScienceApril 18, 2012

Megumi Shimizu is a graduate student aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer to collect sediment samples near Antarctic Peninsula as a part of the LARISSA project. She is interested in microorganisms and biogeochemistry of marine sediments; how the metabolism of microorganisms interact with the surrounding environment and the chemical components in sediments. See her first […]

This is what a Marine Invertebrate Zoology class looks like.

Life in the Lab, Popular Culture, ScienceFebruary 7, 2012

The last few weeks have seen a groundswell of support for Kevin Zelnio’s #IamScience movement, what began as a single, incredibly heartfelt post and twitter hashtag evolved into a series of personal reflections, a somber music video, and a tumbler and Facebook page, all with the unifying message that there is no traditional path through science, only […]

The Connected Professor

Life in the Lab, ScienceJanuary 2, 2012

Here at SFS, we seem to have an affinity for cyborgs. I recently had a dream in which I envisioned my future as such a creature. I had aged, achieved a professorship, and was teaching an introductory geography class. Contrary to the current classroom, however, there was not a learned scholar standing in front of […]

The indelible stamp – Scientists and their tattoos

Life in the Lab, Popular Culture, ScienceNovember 1, 2011

How do you declare your undying love for science? How do you immortalize your doctoral dissertation? How can you let the world know about your eternal love affair with tardigrades, Euler’s Identity, caffeine, or the voyager spacecraft? If you answered any of these with “get a tattoo!” than you’ve probably already heard about Science Ink: Tattoo’s of […]

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