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Global is Personal: 4 Lessons About Climate Change Outreach from #DrownYourTown

#DrownYourTown, climate change, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 3, 2014

Almost four months ago, I sat down at my computer with a puzzle to solve: is there an easy way to model sea level rise without using expensive GIS programs. I found that solution in Google Earth and, after a few days of experimenting and tweeking, #DrownYourTown was born. #DrownYourTown is a tool for exploring […]

A scientist writes science fiction – thoughts on self-publishing my first novel

Fleet, Popular Culture, Science FictionDecember 16, 2013

Early this month, I completed and self-published my first science fiction novel through Amazon’s Kindle Direct publishing service (and, a few days later, as a paperback through Createspace). The ideas for the book were conceived over a long week in August, while vacationing with my parents at a rental house in St. Michaels, Maryland. Wandering […]

The last climate change refugees fight for survival in this grim view of our future ocean – Fleet: The Complete Collection

Fleet, Popular Culture, Science FictionNovember 29, 2013

Fleet: The Complete Collection  “The sea is big. The sea is cruel. She takes more than she gives. That’s how it’s always been.” The world has changed. Coastal cities lie abandoned as the encroaching sea rises, drowning and reshaping the land. Violent plagues, impervious to antibiotics, sweep across the planet, erasing entire communities in a […]

Science in the Fleet: The Promise of Technology as a Panacea for Human Impacts

climate change, Fleet, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science Fiction, SustainabilityOctober 7, 2013

Today marks the release of Fleet: Wide Open, part 2 of my serial maritime science fiction adventure. With half the story revealed, we now see the roll technology plays in both the history and the day-to-day operations of the fleet. Specifically, we see three major technological advances that seem as though they would have been […]

Sick of fictional mermaid documentaries? Try some dystopian maritime science fiction, instead!

Fleet, Popular Culture, Science FictionSeptember 2, 2013

Welcome to the Fleet! It’s the near future, the rising tides have swallowed much of the world’s coastlines, and the last survivors of a deadly plague are scattered across a new and vastly different ocean. But all is not well in the Reach. The fish are dwindling, the currents are shifting, and secrets long thought […]

Herring Wars: Quotas, Conflicts, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic

biology, climate change, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social ScienceJuly 25, 2013

A small collection of islands in the North Sea, a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, is preparing for war. The European Union, under the auspices of an international fisheries management agreement, is ready to levy heavy trade sanctions against the Faroe Islands, an independent protectorate of Denmark. The Faroes, with a population […]

World’s leading experts say there’s a problem with false balance in conservation journalism; Steve disagrees

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJuly 4, 2013

False balance in the media occurs when a journalist  gives equal coverage, and therefore the perception of equal validity, to both sides of a story. While this sounds preferable to today’s hyper-politicized media, sometimes both sides of a story aren’t equally valid. For example, when the overwhelming consensus of the expert medical community says that […]

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