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The Menhaden of History

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, fisheries, fisheries, geography, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social ScienceMay 13, 2010

Menhaden were the most important fisheries throughout American history. When the first settlers learn to farm corn, it was with menhaden that they fertilized the seeds. When the whaling industry reached its height, it was outweighed by menhaden oil. Menhaden ruled the ocean from the middle of the food chain, they were the dominant prey […]

Geography of Fishes

fisheries, geography, Science, Social ScienceApril 27, 2010

The discipline of geography is one that most people likely dismiss as mapmaking.  Gone is the stodgy cartographer and here is the GIS tech wizard. But outside of very particular applications, do most people really give geography a second thought?  I hope to show through a famous fishery example that the world should give geography […]

Epistemological Idioms

geography, Science, Social ScienceApril 23, 2010

My research is embedded in political ecology. Though no one can agree on an exact definition, suffice it to say that it’s an outgrowth of geography that focuses on human-environment interactions with specific emphasis on the role of power. It’s a field that is deeply academic and there’s nothing like a week of political ecology […]

local coastal dinner

geography, Science, Social ScienceApril 20, 2010

When I first moved to coastal North Carolina, my garden yielded miniature sweet potatoes, a handful of blueberries, and an abundance of mustard greens.  That’s it.  After trying pretty much every vegetable under the sun.  Turns out, not many plants like to grow in our soil… wait, I mean sand. Coastal gardening and farming presents […]