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Welcome to a month of Science and Sustainability

The mystery is over and we are happy to announce the launch of Science and Sustainability Month at Southern Fried Science! While we usually reserve a few posts for Earth Day on this topic, we’ve decided that one day is not enough. Throughout April, we’ll explore several aspects of Science and Sustainability, including the academic field of Sustainability  Science, human interactions and personal choice, the philosophy behind sustainability, and the forces that influence sustainable living.

Our weekly State of the Field posts will focus on Sustainability Science, what it is as an academic endeavor, and what we can learn from thinking critically about sustainability.

Biodiversity Wednesday will switch gears for a month and focus on human-generated ecosystems, including those we build intentionally and those we create by accident.

Each week will begin with a prompted Open Thread where our readers can discuss various aspects of sustainability. Each week will close with either myself, Amy, or David highlighting a Comment of the Week of exceptional quality, insight, or humor to be elevated to its own post.

You may have noticed a donation widget on the left sidebar. Once again we’re doing a fundraiser to Bonehenge, our favorite community supported, local marine science education project. This year we will match up to $250 in donations, so you can double your support for science education.

We’ll also be featuring videos from the Beneath the Waves Film Festival that tie in to the sustainability theme.

As many people correctly guessed, the logo is Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. It’s there to remind us that this little mote of dust suspended on a sunbeam is all we have.

So pull up a chair, grab your favorite keyboard, and stick around. April is going to be one hell of a month.


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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