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Environmentalism

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, […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Fight Ocean Pollution

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Science, toxicologyDecember 16, 2016

Plastics, more importantly microplastics, clog our oceans. This phenomena in the ocean has been likened to smog around cities. These plastic particles are dangerous because they can absorb toxins, subsequently be consumed by zooplankton and invertebrates, and bioaccumluate up the food web to fish that are consumed by humans. A study in Nature found that 25 percent […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

Robots Versus Aliens – Anticipatory conservation in technology-drive initiatives

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, ScienceSeptember 30, 2015

This week, I and a team of marine ecologist, explorers, and ocean technologists published Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs. This paper, conceived and largely produced during the ROV2PNG Marine Science Short Course in Papua New Guinea, represent the current best practices for minimizing or eliminating the […]

Three facts (and a lot of questions) about The Ocean Cleanup

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, policy, Science, Social ScienceJune 4, 2015

The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news, with their first test deployment happening imminently off the coast of Japan. From reviews of their current material, it seems clear that they have not taken the critical assessment of their feasibility study, graciously provided pro-bono by Drs. Martini and Goldstein, to heart. This is unfortunate. As […]

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