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The Worlds First Empirical ‘How-To’ Get Into Graduate School Book

Academic life, Education, Personal Stories, publishing, Science publishingDecember 15, 2016

Many years ago as a graduate student at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, my former officemate (Noelle Relles) and I came up with a novel idea: take all the disparate information out there about strategies for getting into graduate school in the natural sciences and coalesce them into a single […]

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

#OceanOptimism, A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Conservation, EducationNovember 25, 2016

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 […]

Adopt the giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, as the National Deep-sea Animal of the United States.

#OceanOptimism, deep sea, Education, ScienceNovember 3, 2016

Picture a pill bug, roly poly, woodlouse, or doodle bug, an animal found under rocks and logs throughout the United States. Now picture an animal similar to that pill bug, but as big as a cat, crawling across the Gulf of Mexico. That is the giant deep-sea isopod. The deep waters of the United States’ […]

Let’s make America think again …

#SciComm, EducationOctober 9, 2016

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I think everyone would agree that the current US presidential election has been one for the history books … and not in a good way. One of the running themes in this election has been how many people do not […]

Applications now open for the Elasmobranch Society’s diversity in marine science initiative

Academic life, Education, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

The American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s oldest and largest professional society focusing on the scientific study and management of sharks and their relatives, is now welcoming applications for the 2nd year of our Young Professional Recruitment Fund diversity initiative. Awardees will be given one year of Society membership, in addition to specialized professional development training, […]

#JacquesWeek 2016 Official Schedule

EducationJune 16, 2016

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau Summer is here, and with it comes the perennial ocean explosion that is Shark Week. Last year, in response to Shark Week burn out (heck, David and I even published a paper on it) and being tired […]

Dive the Wreck of the Steamship Tahoe with OpenROV!

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Education, Oceanography for EveryoneJune 6, 2016

One-hundred-fifty meters hardly seems like anything at all. Standing in the parking lot of OpenROV, I pace out 150 meters. The small sign, hanging against the wall of the battered warehouse, pointing visitors towards the entrance, is clear. One-hundred fifty meters is less than half a lap around a standard running track. It’s the height […]

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