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Bill that would ban SCUBA divers from feeding sharks in U.S. waters introduced in Congress

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJuly 15, 20163

Some SCUBA diving operators use bait or chum to attract sharks so that their customers can get an up close and personal encounter. A new bill that would make this practice illegal in all U.S. waters has just been introduced into Congress. Section 3 of S. 3099, the “Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016,” contains the […]

Trading blue collars for scarlet robes, my working-class experience of academic life

Academic life, Life in the Lab, Personal Stories, Science, Science Life, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJune 9, 2016

More people are going to college, graduate school, and obtaining PhDs in STEM fields than ever before (Figure 1), and a growing minority of these PhD candidates are non-traditional or not white affluent males. While we celebrate this change, let us not forget that academia was built by – and for – the “traditional” student. […]

My favorite story about Craig McClain

Blogging, Personal StoriesApril 13, 2016

Today marks the last day of Craig McClain week for our friends over at Deep Sea News. We’ve celebrated his science, his outreach, and his tremendous spirit. Over the last decade, I’ve been lucky enough to co-author two papers with Craig: Digital environmentalism: tools and strategies for the evolving online ecosystem and Sizing ocean giants: patterns of […]

April 1 on Southern Fried Science

BloggingApril 1, 2016

For the last several years, we’ve made an effort to produce a silly, though not particularly pranky (because pranks are a whack way to be mean to people who ostensibly trust you), article for April 1. Today, our own David Shiffman defends his thesis. Make of that what you will. Good luck David! And may […]

Why scientists sometimes need to be a bit more Sith and a bit less Jedi

Academic life, Personal StoriesMarch 31, 2016

  Being a scientist can be very frustrating, even infuriating. It might well be because of the inequalities and unfairness of academic life (such as incompetent administrators, a lack of funding, poor career prospects, or academic bullying and harassment ). However, if you work in the conservation field, the frustrations will positively abound. In addition […]

Ocean Anti-Kickstarter of the Month: Triton Gills is almost certainly a scam

#OceanOptimism, Blogging, Ocean KickstarterMarch 25, 2016

I wasn’t going to review Triton Gills, currently racking up $700,000+ on IndieGogo. I hate being the wettest of wet blankets when it comes to new ocean innovations and I’m much happier boosting the profile of good, scientifically sound, ocean projects. But I was curious about Triton after a few journalists asked me to comment […]

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