Documentation is the beating heart of open-science hardware: Help make ours better!

Oceanography for EveryoneOctober 6, 2017 • 2~3 min read

The OpenCTD and Oceanography for Everyone has been a five year journey from inception to first field-ready model and we’re just getting started. Building a community-driven project like this requires not just expertise (that we didn’t have when we started), passion, resources, it requires documentation. Extensive, detailed, thorough documentation. Documentation is what sets an open-science […]

The most shocking, insightful ocean conservation solutions, as presented by a poorly-built Twitter bot.

#OceanOptimismOctober 4, 2017 • 1~2 min read

We made a bot. It’s not a very good bot but it does prognosticate on novel ocean conservation solutions. @OceanCon_Bot has been running for almost a month and it’s produced some real gems. Solid, salt-of-the-earth, diamond-in-the-rough, gabbro-in-your-lab, bro, solutions. And these are among my favorites. We definitely need to stop presenting those condescending academics, but […]

Deep-sea mining, octopus cities, a world without ozone, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: October 2, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageOctober 2, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Fog Horn (A Call to Action) Islands and nations across the Caribbean are hurting from multiple hurricanes. We’ve curated a short list of various charities and fundraisers for each island: How to help our island colleagues in the wake of total devastation. Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now) The race to the bottom begins! Japan successfully […]

How to help our island colleagues in the wake of total devastation.

Blogging • 3~4 min read

After three brutal hurricanes, the islands of the Caribbean are hurting. It can be hard, in the wake of catastrophe, to know where your donations can be best spent. We’ve contacted several of our colleagues on the ground to find out who’s doing the work and which aid organizations and groups need help now. Puerto […]

The many, many ways I screwed up my first science crowdfunding campaign.

Blogging, funding, Personal StoriesSeptember 26, 2017 • 2~4 min read

It’s been over five years since Kersey Sturdivant and I launched Oceanography for Everyone – The OpenCTD, my first attempt at crowdfunding science. Over the years, that initial effort has grown into Oceanography for Everyone, a community of researchers, educators, and citizen scientists, and has created new open-source tools for open-source, open-science hardware. The OpenCTD is […]

Jellyfish sleep, shark-sucking bots, mole crab parasites, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: September 25, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageSeptember 25, 2017 • 2~3 min read

Fog Horn (A Call to Action) The fight for our Marine National Monuments isn’t over. We now know of the contents of Zincke’s monument review memo, and it is not good. The DOI wants to see commercial fishing return to the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. Longline fishing in these regions has […]

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