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Help crowdfund shark research! Always chew your food – how freshwater stingrays gnaw on prey.

Natural Science, ScienceJune 14, 2016

Matt Kolmann is a PhD candidate whose research program is at the interface of evolution, comparative anatomy, and biomechanics. He completed his Master’s degree at Florida State University with Dr. Dean Grubbs on the feeding biomechanics and fisheries ecology of cownose rays, a purported pest on commercial shellfish. During this process he developed a love […]

Trading blue collars for scarlet robes, my working-class experience of academic life

Academic life, Life in the Lab, Personal Stories, Science, Science Life, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJune 9, 2016

More people are going to college, graduate school, and obtaining PhDs in STEM fields than ever before (Figure 1), and a growing minority of these PhD candidates are non-traditional or not white affluent males. While we celebrate this change, let us not forget that academia was built by – and for – the “traditional” student. […]

The Importance of Scientific Discovery and Communication for a General Science Audience

#SciComm, Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Education, Natural ScienceJune 3, 2016

The impetus for this piece was an essay I wrote for iBiology a year or so ago discussing the importance of scientific discovery for a a general science audience (i.e., our science peers who are not in our respective field). I was excited to write the piece because a lot of the Science FRIEDay articles […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – The worlds largest sponge.

biodiversity, biology, Conservation, deep sea, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Science

Recently a team of scientists on a deep sea expedition in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands aboard the R/V Okeanos Explorer made a monumental discovery… pun intended. While exploring the depths of the seafloor in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, with their remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Seirios and Deep Discover, they discovered and documented the largest sponge ever observed on this planet… or any planet […]

Six thoughts about Greenpeace’s attack on Ray Hilborn.

Conservation, policy, ScienceMay 13, 2016

Update: Both the University of Washington and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have reviewed Greenpeace’s claims and concluded that Hilborn did not violate their disclosure policy. First, some background: Fisheries Scientist Under Fire For Undisclosed Seafood Industry Funding Ray Hilborn: Overfishing Denier Hilborn’s Response to Greenpeace Or, just read Trevor Branch’s timeline. […]

Build your own BeagleBox 2!

Life in the LabMay 9, 2016

A more comprehensive build guide, along with the 3D printer files, can be found in the BeagleBox GitHub Repository.    The BeagleBox 2 is a dirt-cheat, tough, versatile field computer built from 3D-printed parts, off-the-shelf hardware, and a single board computer. You can read all about it here: The BeagleBox 2: a dirt-cheap, tough-as-nails, 3D-printed, versatile […]

Introducing Field School: A Resource for Marine Science Research and Education

Citizen Science, Conservation, Education, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

Julia Wester  is the Director of Program Development for Field School. She received her PhD from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami in 2016. Her dissertation studied the psychology of decision making about the environment, specifically with regard to limited water resources. She also received a Msc with Distinction […]

The BeagleBox 2: a dirt-cheap, tough-as-nails, 3D-printed, versatile field laptop.

Life in the Lab, Science

Last year, as part of Oceanography for Everyone, we debuted the BeagleBox, a small, cheap, tough, basic field computer powered by a BeagleBone Black. The first BeagleBox didn’t promise much, it was designed for basic field work and, most importantly, to be cheap enough that researchers (particularly grad students) wouldn’t be too worried about damaging […]

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 […]

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