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Benchmarks – A selection of our favorite posts. These represent the finest writing on Southern Fried Science.
- Maximum (un)Sustainable Yield
- Ecosystem Based Management: Managing for Everything or Nothing At All
- State of the Field: First World or Third World?
- Why Listen to the Local Guy?
- Turtle excluder devices: analysis of resistance to a successful conservation policy
- Louis Agassiz and a brief history of early United States marine biology
- Back from the Brink: Victories in Conservation
- Shark Conservation: The problem, the goal, and how to get there
- Chronicle of a Death Forestalled: the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that didn’t happen
- The Global Extinction Crisis – species area relationships, habitat loss, and population dynamics
- Nothing to plunder – the evolution of Somalia’s pirate nation
- Climbing Mount Chernobyl
Life/Science – A selection of our personal reflections on a living a life in the lab and field.
- In Non-Monophyly within Syngnathidae, Andrew reflects on his first experience working in a biology lab at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
- David provides some sage advice on How not to apply for a job working with sharks. Andrew responds with an application letter abusing David’s advice. David finishes of by providing some actual advice on how to apply for a job working with sharks.
- Having reached a major graduate school milestone, Andrew shares some advice for new graduate students.
- In this heartfelt piece, Andrew reflects on his first major research project and the importance of failure in graduate student training.
How to – Occasionally we like to flex our creative muscles and create something unique, ingenious, or just plain bizarre. This is a selection of some of our more successful creations.
- It’s beer! How to brew beer in a coffee maker, using only materials commonly found on a modestly sized oceanographic research vessel.
- It’s a canoe! How to build a canoe from scratch on a graduate student stipend.
- It’s a chicken coop! Adventures in Backyard Agriculture: Building the Pico-farm.
- They’re goats! Adorable, adorable goats! Adventures in Backyard Agriculture: Dwarf Goats
- It’s food! From the ground! Adventures in Backyard Agriculture: How to earn the fruits of your (garden) labor, literally
Deep Divergences – Deep sea ecology and population genetics – a selection of Andrew’s posts.
- Rumors from the Abyss: visions of a future without deep sea conservation
- Why conserve deep-sea hydrothermal vents?
- Mining the Deep Sea: what’s it worth?
- America’s lust for gigantic breasts leads to impotence: the population genetics of captive-reared turkeys
- Better Conservation through Cloning: this cock doesn’t crow
Fins in the Water – Sharks! A selection of David’s posts.
- Adventures with Citizen Science: perspectives of a shark biologist
- Are sandbar sharks more like bowhead whales or cod?
- Ethical Debate: Killing sharks for science?
- What species of skate is for dinner? New research challenges elasmobranch fisheries policy
The Human Connection – Social Science and fisheries – a selection of Amy’s posts.
- 10 Myths About Social Science
- State of the Field: Modergasm – The flaccid finality of modern erections
- State of the Field: Too big, too small, just right – the Goldilocks Conundrum of Conservation
- The Cove, Dolphins, and Mercury
Talking about Science – Science communication and outreach.
- Shades of Gray: Gray literature, peer-review, and the struggle for data in fisheries management
- The Importance of Word Choice: Terms with multiple meanings for scientists and the public
- Science blogs and public engagement with science: across the disciplinary divide
- Great Diagrams of Science: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a really bad drawing of a bird.
Pale Blue Dot – Marine science and conservation on Planet Ocean.
- Can marine protected areas save the oceans? Under certain circumstances, maybe.
- Bottom trawling and the importance of plaice
- The Menhaden of History
- Dolphin-safe tuna: conservation success story or ecological disaster?
- Saving Nemo: 1 out of 6 species that appear in Finding Nemo are threatened with extinction
- A slimehead by any other name should never be on your plate
- In sexual selection and thermoregulation, bigger is better, at least for fiddler crabs
- Tournament marlins get bigger?