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Fun Science FRIEDay – Life After Death

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Fun Science Friday, Life Sciences, Natural ScienceOctober 20, 20170

That ominous specter of death. The one certainty in life that we are all careening towards. But how much do we really understand about death? Medically death is defined as the moment the heart stops beating and cuts off blood to the brain. Within seconds after heart failure the brain’s cerebral cortex — the “thinking […]

Long live sharks and rays!

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 9, 20170

Alastair Harry is a fisheries science practitioner based in Perth, Australia. He assists in implementing ecosystem based fisheries management to support the sustainable use of wild-capture fish resources. He is a generalist and works across multiple areas including stock assessment, bycatch, and threatened species. He also holds an adjunct position at James Cook University and has […]

Gills Club Shark Tales: An online and in-person sharkstravaganza 19-20 September at NEAQ!

#OceanOptimism, Education, Science Life, sharks, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 13, 2017

Note:  This post has been updated on 18 September 2017.   Friends, Researchers, Countrywomen, lend me your ears! The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and New England Aquarium are hosting a completely free two-day event, 19-20 September, featuring an amazing line-up of shark scientists and enthusiasts, including: Keynote Speakers: Susan Goldberg – Editor in Chief of National […]

Protecting the ocean means lots of rigorous, mundane science.

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 21, 2017

I have a new paper out today: Population structure of Bathymodiolus manusensis, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent-dependent mussel from Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea. We sampled two sites in Papua New Guinea where these deep-sea mussels aggregate and looked at their genes to determine if there was any population structure across this relatively small spatial scale (~40 […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Embryonic Gene Editing

biology, Ethical Debates, Fun Science Friday, Life Sciences, Natural ScienceAugust 18, 2017

The world we currently live in would have seemed like science fiction to humans in the not to distant past. Everyday more and advancements transform sci-fi dreams into reality. Most recently gene editing of human embryos has been birthed into the realm of possibility (cheesy pun intended!). In theory gene editing embryos could allow you […]

Background information on our land-based shark fishing paper

fisheries, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Social ScienceAugust 15, 2017

I have a new paper out on the conservation impacts of recreational shark fishing. The paper is called “fishing practices and representations of shark conservation issues among users of a land-based shark angling online forum,” and it is published in the journal Fisheries Research. If you don’t have institutional library access, you can read a […]

Measuring the Cultural Value of Oysters

fisheries, geography, Highlighting the Rural Voice, marine science, Maritime history, Open Science, UncategorizedJuly 14, 2017

Most people from oyster-producing regions like the Chesapeake can attest to the fact that oysters are important the the social fabric of the community. In many towns that date back to the colonial era, oyster shells literally line Main Street and form the foundation of the town. In others, they form the basis of a […]

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