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Now, More Than Ever, America Needs an Ambassador for the Deep Sea.

#OceanOptimism, A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Conservation, EducationNovember 25, 20160

That ambassador is Bathynomus giganteus, the giant, deep-sea isopod. Conservation has long had the concept of Flagship Species—popular, charismatic species that serve as rallying points for conservation awareness and action. Formalized within the framework of conservation marketing, flagship species are focused around particular goals and audiences. Think of the WWF’s Giant Panda, Polar Bears and […]

The plague-busting, prairie-dog-vaccinating, ferret-saving drone

Animal welfare, ConservationNovember 1, 2016

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is adapting new technology to the business of saving and endangered species: they’re sending in the drones. Black-footed ferrets are a small, solitary, extremely territorial weasel-like animal that lives in the American west. Once abundant in central North America, today, their wild population stands at around 500. Black-footed ferrets […]

Time to release the Kraken ! Addressing controversial questions in marine conservation

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 30, 2016

A few years ago, we organized a group of marine conservation scientists to meet to discuss, and list,  the most urgent issues that need to be studied. The resulting paper  came up with 71 questions which urgently needed to be addressed, because a lack of an answer was severely impeding marine conservation. However, during this exercise we […]

Conservation Wanted – dead or alive?

ConservationSeptember 16, 2016

When I was an undergraduate studying conservation in the dim and distant past, we were told that the way endangered species would be saved would be to give them a financial value, and “wise use” of these species would allow them to survive. Well, that worked well, didn’t it…? The poster species of the “wise […]

The 2016 presidential candidates address ocean issues (sort of).

Conservation, Environmentalism, policySeptember 13, 2016

Finally, after almost a year of silence, we have concrete responses from the leading presidential candidate about ocean health and, in particular, the state of America’s fisheries. Well, sort of. ScienceDebate.org, a non-partisan science advocacy group, asked the four leading candidates a slew of 20 science-related questions, including the following about ocean health: “There is growing […]

How to follow along with CITES #COP17 on twitter

biodiversity, Conservation, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 10, 2016

On September 24th, the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) begins. I’ve made a Storify guide to government agencies, scientists, activists, and environmental non-profits who will be tweeting updates from the event. If you want to follow along with these important conservation debates and votes […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Shark Daycare

biology, Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, sharks, UncategorizedSeptember 2, 2016

A great white shark nursery in the North Atlantic that was discovered in 1985 south of Cape Cod in the waters off Montauk, New York  has received renewed attention due to the increased activity of white sharks off cape cod in recent years. The nursery was first documented in 1985 by Casey and Pratt who deduced the presence […]

Ocean Outreach in an Evolving Online Ecosystem: Exploration wants to be shared

Blogging, Conservation, Environmentalism, Oceanography for Everyone, Open ScienceAugust 11, 2016

This is the transcript of the keynote I delivered at the Fourth International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It has been lightly modified for flow. Read Act II: Transforming the Narrative. Now I want to shift gears and look towards the future, where we’re going, and what tools are available to help us […]

Dying for Reason in the Rational Utopia

Conservation, Environmentalism, Popular Culture, Science FictionAugust 10, 2016

When Neil deGrasse Tyson proposed his “Rationalia” thought experiment several months ago, I thought is was cute but misguided. Now that he’s doubled down on the concept, I can see exactly why it is such a naively flawed idea. Rationalia would be a disaster for conservation. This short science fiction story illustrates why. “Oyez, oyez, oyez! […]

Ocean Outreach in an Evolving Online Ecosystem: Transforming the Narrative

#OceanOptimism, #SciComm, Blogging, Conservation, Personal Stories

This is the transcript of the keynote I delivered at the Fourth International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It has been lightly modified for flow. Read Act I: Science is Storytelling.  In Act I I discussed the underlying structure that frames narrative storytelling, but now I want to talk about how we can […]

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