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Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and Conservation

Time to release the Kraken ! Addressing controversial questions in marine conservation

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 30, 2016

A few years ago, we organized a group of marine conservation scientists to meet to discuss, and list,  the most urgent issues that need to be studied. The resulting paper  came up with 71 questions which urgently needed to be addressed, because a lack of an answer was severely impeding marine conservation. However, during this exercise we […]

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 difference between animal welfare and animal rights

Animal welfare, Conservation, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationAugust 11, 2015

I have just attended a big international conservation meeting for the past week and there was a lot of discussion about the “Cecil the Lion Phenomenon.” In many discussions, the terms animal welfare and animal rights were brought up frequently, and it was very clear that many conservation scientists do not know the difference between […]

Unhappy feet – why we need more than a day of penguin awareness

climate change, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social Science, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJanuary 22, 2015

A couple of days ago (20th January) was penguin awareness day1. But do we really need to be more aware of penguins?  Well, actually yes.  Photo by Chris Parsons  We conducted a study a couple of years ago  (pdf also available) to look at public awareness of penguins (using university students as a sample) and […]

More large sharks were killed by recreational anglers than commercial fishermen in the U.S. last year

Conservation, Environmentalism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 29, 2014

The United States National Marine Fisheries Service just released the 2013 “fisheries of the United States” report. The extremely detailed report contains lots of important information on both recreational and commercial fisheries in U.S. waters, and I recommend giving it a thorough read. I noticed an interesting detail about the U.S. shark fishery, though. In 2013, more large (non-dogfish) sharks […]

Fin-Body Ratios for Smooth Dogfish – Depends on How You Slice It

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, sharks, Sustainability, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationAugust 8, 2014

The 2010 Shark Conservation Act prohibits removal of fins at sea for all sharks landed in U.S. Waters, with a glaring exception for smooth dogfish, or smoothhound sharks.  In an effort to ensure that fishermen aren’t performing the cruel practice of throwing a still-living but finless shark overboard, a fin:body ratio of 12% for smooth […]

A Primer on Ethics in the Human Dimensions of Conservation

Conservation, State of the Field, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 30, 2013

Think about the word ‘ethics’ for a moment. For some, the word creates images of smiling people sitting around a table, the picture of diversity, happily planning a future in which no one is ever taken advantage of. For others, the image may be of nun-like ascetics peering over your shoulder with an armful of […]

A citizen science project to monitor sevengill sharks in San Diego

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJune 13, 2013

by Michael Bear Michael Bear is  Science Diving Editor for California Diver Magazine and  currently contributor to Marine Science Today with over a 1000 cold-water dives, an AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) Scientific Diver and  founder of Sevengill Shark Sightings.org. He  lives and work  in San Diego.   I am not a professional shark […]

#RaysTheRoof : Research symposium will focus on the biology and conservation of stingrays

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJune 6, 2013

The upcoming Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists will include a research symposium focusing on the biology and conservation of durophagous (shell-eating) stingrays. Organized by Dr.’s Matt Ajemian (Texas A&M University Corpus Christi) and Julie Neer (Southeast Data Assessment and Review), this symposium aims to gather together the world’s experts on these ecologically important and poorly […]

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