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Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and Conservation

Gills Club Shark Tales: An online and in-person sharkstravaganza 19-20 September at NEAQ!

#OceanOptimism, Education, Science Life, sharks, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 13, 2017

Note:  This post has been updated on 18 September 2017.   Friends, Researchers, Countrywomen, lend me your ears! The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and New England Aquarium are hosting a completely free two-day event, 19-20 September, featuring an amazing line-up of shark scientists and enthusiasts, including: Keynote Speakers: Susan Goldberg – Editor in Chief of National […]

Protect Our Oceans: from the ground in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Conservation, policy, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 5, 2017

Carlotta Leon Guerrero is a former Member of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Guam Senate. She was also a two-term president of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures and previously worked as a radio and television journalist in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered Secretary of Interior Ryan […]

How to spot a scam shark documentary producer

Personal Stories, Popular Culture, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science Life, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationJuly 24, 2017

Many aspects of science-ing are not explicitly taught, and scientists become accustomed to mastering the deep end.  While this tactic can make you stronger, there are situations where the deep end is a vulnerable place where nasty critters are very happy to take advantage. One such area?  How to handle being contacted by “producers.”  In […]

37 things I learned about shark ecology and conservation for my dissertation

Conservation, ecology, fisheries, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, policy, Science, sharks, Social Science, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationDecember 12, 2016

After a little more than 5 years of hard work, I’ve officially completed my Ph.D.! You can read my dissertation (“An Integrative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Shark Conservation: Policy Solutions, Ecosystem Role, and Stakeholder Attitudes”) online here in its entirety. In case there are some among you who don’t really want to read a 281 […]

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 […]

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