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

Blogging, Conservation, Environmentalism, Oceanography for Everyone, Open ScienceAugust 11, 20160

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, 20160

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 Stories0

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 […]

Everything you need to know about working in conservation you can learn from Game of Thrones

Academic life, Conservation, Science LifeAugust 9, 20161

Learned scholars and respected leaders of society warn that a major environmental change is coming and everyone should prepare. However, heads of state, politicians and wealthy oligarchs argue and bicker, more interested in riches and power than the imminent threat. Some realize that the oncoming change will be accompanied by a host of problems, to […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – The worlds largest sponge.

biodiversity, biology, Conservation, deep sea, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJune 3, 2016

Recently a team of scientists on a deep sea expedition in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands aboard the R/V Okeanos Explorer made a monumental discovery… pun intended. While exploring the depths of the seafloor in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, with their remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Seirios and Deep Discover, they discovered and documented the largest sponge ever observed on this planet… or any planet […]

A precautionary approach to health, safety, and conservation while 3D printing in the home.

Conservation, Education, EnvironmentalismMay 13, 2016

3D printers are awesome. That sentiment really shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows this blog. From oceanographic equipment, to farm tools, to just things around the house, over the last year I’ve made 3D printing a standard part of my toolbox. A conversation last week on Twitter got me thinking again about 3D printers, safety, and […]

Six thoughts about Greenpeace’s attack on Ray Hilborn.

Conservation, policy, Science

Update: Both the University of Washington and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have reviewed Greenpeace’s claims and concluded that Hilborn did not violate their disclosure policy. First, some background: Fisheries Scientist Under Fire For Undisclosed Seafood Industry Funding Ray Hilborn: Overfishing Denier Hilborn’s Response to Greenpeace Or, just read Trevor Branch’s timeline. […]

Introducing Field School: A Resource for Marine Science Research and Education

Citizen Science, Conservation, Education, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 9, 2016

Julia Wester  is the Director of Program Development for Field School. She received her PhD from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami in 2016. Her dissertation studied the psychology of decision making about the environment, specifically with regard to limited water resources. She also received a Msc with Distinction […]

Big ideas and little robots: Using the OpenROV in interdisciplinary STEM projects

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Citizen Science, Conservation, Education, Natural Science, ScienceMay 4, 2016

Joey Maier is a biology professor at Polk State College where he uses every possible opportunity to encourage his students to spend time in the water, play with technology, and do #CitizenScience. As an undergraduate, he did a stint as an intern for Mark Xitco and John Gory during their dolphin language experiments.  He then spent the […]

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