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Ocean Kickstarter of the Month: Whale Science Double Feature

Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 10, 2016

Comprehensive Conservation of Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Modern Ocean Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered; only 85 remain. In today’s modern ocean they face many threats simultaneously. A holistic approach to addressing the cumulative impacts of all threats is needed. However, data are sparse, making it difficult to identify which threat(s) is causing […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Dude, I’m Glowing!

biodiversity, biology, evolution, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural ScienceOctober 2, 2015

Happy Fun Science FRIEDay! After a brief hiatus, due to life, hoping this installment represents the regular…err, semi-regular, occurrence of FSF. So this hit the interwebs pretty big earlier this week, the first documented reptile to glow. That honor belongs to the Hawksbill a sea turtle, observed first by  David Gruber, of City University of […]

A Natural History of the Starwhale

Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionSeptember 21, 2015

Whales, those magnificent leviathans of the deep, have an uncanny knack for ending up in space. Science fiction is flooded with stories of starwhales–sometimes entirely new creatures that happen to resemble terran cetaceans in either behavior or appearance, sometimes evolved leviathans from our own world, and occasionally hapless, confused, ordinary whales. This is no fluke. […]

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

marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 16, 2015

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 Young Professional Recruitment Fund, our new diversity initiative. Awardees will be given one year of Society membership, in addition to specialized professional development training, mentorship, and networking […]

One of the world’s rarest birds is also the squee-est

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, ecologyAugust 19, 2015

Introducing the spoon-billed sandpiper: Spoon-billed sandpipers are migratory wader birds that breed in the sub-Arctic and winter in southeast Asia.  Best estimates point to less than 100 breeding pairs left in the wild due to a decrease of breeding habitat in the Arctic and increase of bird-hunters in Asia.  Don’t worry, this is a story about #OceanOptimism…

A 3D-printable, drone and ROV-mountable, water sampler

Education, Life in the Lab, Natural Science, oceanography, Open Science, ScienceAugust 10, 2015

The Niskin bottle, a seemingly simple tube designed to take water samples at discrete depths, is one of the most important tools of oceanography. Coupled with a CTD, an array of Niskin bottles fit into the rosette, a Voltron-esque amalgamation of everything an oceanographer needs to profile the ocean. Niskin bottles are neither cheap nor particularly easy […]

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