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Six thoughts about Greenpeace’s attack on Ray Hilborn.

Conservation, policy, ScienceMay 13, 2016

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. 1. The idea that scientists should declare every source of funding over the history of their career on every scientific paper is impractical and wholly unnecessary in a connected […]

What is it about mercury? Thinking about chemicals in the public discourse

Education, Science, Social ScienceFebruary 9, 2016

All of the revelations about the lead in the water system of Flint, Michigan have made residents and curious neighbors alike  wonder ‘haven’t we solved the lead problem’? There are thousands of well-established scientific studies; the sources and even many of the solutions are well-understood and frequently implemented. Not to say the problem’s gone, but we’ve […]

Is peer-review best left to academic journals?

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, fisheries, policy, Science, Science LifeJuly 21, 2015

If you have ever dealt with scientific data, you’ve probably encountered one of the shadier sides of science: academic publishing. While they’ve stood, in some cases, for centuries, as the official record of scientific advancement safeguarded under the watchful eye of peers, modern journals live in a modern world. Millions of words have already been […]

Three facts (and a lot of questions) about The Ocean Cleanup

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, policy, Science, Social ScienceJune 4, 2015

The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news, with their first test deployment happening imminently off the coast of Japan. From reviews of their current material, it seems clear that they have not taken the critical assessment of their feasibility study, graciously provided pro-bono by Drs. Martini and Goldstein, to heart. This is unfortunate. As […]

You say you need to incorporate the social sciences? Which kind?

Basics of the Human Dimension, Conservation, Science, Social ScienceApril 22, 2015

This post in the second of a series entitled “The Basics of the Human Dimensions”, which gives the most basic tips for how to work with social scientists and social questions in marine conservation efforts. Whether you are the stakeholder, the collaborating natural scientist, or both, this series will hopefully make the journey into the human […]

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