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Conservation has a Trolley Problem

ConservationFebruary 13, 20180

A train screams down the tracks. Dead ahead, a pile of of giant pandas frolic, inexplicably, through a bamboo stand growing through the rails. But wait! There’s a switch. Pulling it will divert the train onto another track, where a tank containing one of the last 30 vaquita will surely be crushed. Do you pull […]

The State of the Environment Address

Conservation, Conservation policy, Public perceptions of wildlifeJanuary 31, 20180

US President Donald  Trump said “I believe in clean air. I believe in crystal clear beautiful water.” Image via gify.com   However, in last night’s State of the Union Address he declared his support for promoting coal-based energy* and he gave public notice of his intentions to curtail the environmental impact assessment process and environmental […]

A scientifically accurate list of the most endangered sharks in the world

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 2, 2017

One of the most common questions I get during my “ask me anything” sessions on twitter is “which species of sharks are the most endangered?” Whenever I can’t completely answer a question in a single tweet, I like to link to more information from a reliable source. However, I’ve struggled to easily answer this question […]

Protect Our Oceans: from the ground in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Conservation, policy, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 5, 2017

Carlotta Leon Guerrero is a former Member of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Guam Senate. She was also a two-term president of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures and previously worked as a radio and television journalist in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered Secretary of Interior Ryan […]

The sorting hat of conservation

Conservation, Fantasy, Popular CultureAugust 1, 2017

The Hogwarts Sorting Hat divides students into their respective houses in their first year at the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Each house is known for having its own “personality.” In addition to potential wizards/witches, one can also sort those involved in conservation into the four Hogwarts houses. Hufflepuff – This house stands for dedication […]

The Case Against Shark Fin Trade Bans

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science, sharks, SustainabilityMay 12, 2017

The United States Congress is considering a nationwide ban on buying, selling, or trading shark fins. While several of my posts and tweets have briefly discussed my stance on such policies, I’ve never laid out my full argument in one post. Here is why I, as a shark conservation biologist, oppose banning the shark fin trade within […]

The Case for Shark Fin Trade Bans

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

Mariah Pfleger is a marine scientist at Oceana, an international marine conservation non-profit, advising both the responsible fishing and sharks campaigns. She graduated from Florida State University in 2012 where she studied coastal sharks and their relatives. In 2016 she earned her Master’s degree from the University of West Florida where she researched both coastal […]

The time to defend the EPA is now!

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMay 1, 2017

Executive Order 13777 created a Regulatory Reform Task Force to oversee the evaluation of existing regulations to make recommendations about potential repeal, replacement, or modification to the Environmental Protection Agency. The dissolution of the EPA would be catastrophic for this country. Fortunately, the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly, and before any recommendations are formally issued, […]

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