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Conservation

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 […]

Huge win for orca advocates as #SeaWorld announces an end to circus-style shows, orca breeding and pledges more conservation

Animal welfare, Conservation, SustainabilityMarch 17, 2016

   SeaWorld Orca-Shutterstock Earlier today SeaWorld announced to the media that it was making major changes in its practices when it comes to marine wildlife. The announcement comes after years of bad publicity and failing stock prices as the result of the documentary Blackfish, criticism from marine mammal and marine conservation scientists and an unrelenting […]

Pushing back against technological puritanism in ocean conservation.

#SciComm, ConservationFebruary 22, 2016

By now, you’ve almost certainly seen this photograph, making the viral rounds, of a Franciscana dolphin in South America, attached to headlines like the following: Endangered baby dolphin dies after swimmers pass it around for selfies, A Baby Dolphin Died Because Tourists Wanted Selfies With Her, A selfie mob in Argentina may have killed a dolphin. I hate these […]

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 […]

Congressional Republicans hold Ocean Science Hostage Over Failed Anti-health Care Bill

ConservationSeptember 25, 2015

All summer and into the fall, Congressional Republicans have been attempting to pass a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care needs to women across the country. After the latest bill failed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to put forth a “clean bill” that would avoid an October government shutdown. With […]

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