The sorting hat of conservation

Conservation, Fantasy, Popular CultureAugust 1, 20170

The Hogwarts Sorting Hat divides students into their respective houses in their first year at the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Each house is known for having its own “personality.” In addition to potential wizards/witches, one can also sort those involved in conservation into the four Hogwarts houses.

  • Hufflepuff – This house stands for dedication and hard work, but also patience, tolerance, fair play and kindness. Most conservationists working in NGOs, especially those related to protection of megafauna species, are Hufflepuffs. One famous Hufflepuff was Newton Scamander, a socially awkward wizard who took it upon himself to try to save endangered magical creatures, when others just saw them as pests. Most of the herbology teachers at Hogwarts were Hufflepuffs (Neville Longbottom being a notable exception).

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The Game of Thrones – is this real life, or is this just fantasy…?

Fantasy, Popular Culture0

I trust the eyes of an honest man more than ‘what everybody knows’

– Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow, as Jon tries to convince everyone that he has seen the Army of the Dead coming.

 

In the current season of Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister is unexpectedly sitting on the Iron Throne of Westeros after immolating most of the existing peerage in King’s Landing. Because of this purge, most of the seats in the Privy Council are empty (assuming she even means to establish one), and her inner circle consists of: the Hand of the Queen, a clever ex-Maester with no morals or ethics; the commander of the Queen’s Guard, a conscience-less zombie; and two military commanders, one a troubled brother/lover and one an ambitious wily psychopath, of uncertain loyalty.

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Save our Marine Monuments, replace confederates with ocean animals, worlds of plastic, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: July 31, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageJuly 31, 20170

Fog Horn (A Call to Action)

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

Snooty. Photo via @GWR

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What makes high school girls love sharks but avoid science

#SciComm, Education, Science Life, UncategorizedJuly 25, 2017

A shortened – and less ribald – version of this post was published 24-07-2017 in the International Business Times.

Ah, the transition from middle school to high school… the one part of adolescence no one reminisces about fondly.  It’s the time in our lives where mental and physical changes happen at pace without any apparent continuity, and we feel compelled to blend in.  This is the same time when most young girls’ interest in STEM stops, and in my educator/zoologist opinion, these events are related.

What does our culture gear teenage girls to prioritize?  Making varsity teams, growing boobs to the correct size and at the correct time, and completing enough social jostling to earn the superhuman prom date.  Most of the STEM-geared young girls I have worked with couldn’t care less about the above – but the attitude of their peers changes by the end of 8th grade.

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Students of both sexes in 6th grade will happily discuss how rainbows are made and share their mutual wonder if the natural world, but those conversations quickly become “immature” when the puberty plague takes hold.  It’s also in 8th grade when boys enter a race to the bottom of inappropriate jokes fueled by mutual insecurities.  Suddenly, STEM-interested pupils find that their friends are segregating, fashion forward girls to one side and crude boys to the other, leaving a handful who want to discuss the space/time continuum floundering somewhere in the middle.

Then, regardless of where you sit on the social divide, hormones kick in.  This critical time is when young people figure out how to create partnerships, what constitutes a good or bad relationship, and the physics of copulation.  In addition to this, obtaining a socially higher-ranking partner becomes an unconscious priority.  Guess what most young men think is unattractive in women?  Intelligence (unless you’re beautiful enough to compensate).  YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.

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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 my experience, for every 1 exceptional producer you speak with, you will be contacted by at least 4 scammers.  Scam producers will particularly target naïve early-career scientists, just like white sharks and seal pups.  In light of this week, I’ve put together a guide to aid YOY scientists rising in the ranks of popularity and make the deep end a little safer.  Here are 13 ways to spot scam shark documentary producers, with a few 🚩🚩:

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It’s #JacquesWeek! Also, lots of other ocean things happened last week. Monday Morning Salvage: July 24, 2017

Monday Morning Salvage

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

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Welcome to #JacquesWeek 2017!

#OceanOptimism, #SciCommJuly 21, 2017

Jacques Week begins this Sunday, July 23, 2017! Join us for a week of celebrating classic Jacques Cousteau Documentaries, discussing ocean science and conservation, and celebrating all things Big Blue! Most of these films are available online. Some will require purchase. We’ve provided links to the for-purchase options and alternates if you can’t find them. Links to all available films can be found at the JacquesWeek2017 YouTube playlist.

Sunday, July 23

  • 20:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Water Planet
  • 21:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: Beneath the Frozen World

Monday, July 24

  • 20:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Incredible March of the Spiny Lobster
  • 21:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: Blizzard at Hope Bay

Tuesday, July 25

  • 20:00 EST – Southern Fried Science Discussion: Introduction to the Silent World
  • 20:15 EST – The Silent World (alternate: World without Sun)
  • 22:30 EST – Southern Fried Science Discussion: Understanding the Silent World

Wednesday, July 26

  • 20:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: Life at the End of the World
  • 21:00 EST – Jacques Cousteau Odyssey: The Nile, Part I (alternate: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: Those Incredible Diving Machines)
  • 22:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Desert Whales

Thursday, July 27

  • 20:00 EST – Jacques Cousteau Odyssey: The Nile, Part II (alternate: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Legend of Lake Titicaca)
  • 21:00 EST – The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: 500 Million Years Beneath the Sea
  • 22:00 EST – #ThrowbackThursday: Jacques Cousteau on Atlantis and Cognac

Friday, July 28

Jacques Week is not associated with any of the Cousteau organizations. It is a purely grassroots celebration of the man who brought ocean adventure, science, and conservation to the world.


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How would the elegant Trochus wear its jaunty red knit cap for #JacquesWeek?

#OceanOptimismJuly 19, 2017

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


Hey Team Ocean! Southern Fried Science is entirely supported by contributions from our readers. Head over to Patreon to help keep our servers running and fund new and novel ocean outreach projects. Even a dollar or two a month will go a long way towards keeping our website online and producing the high-quality marine science and conservation content you love.

How would this Mola Mola wear her jaunty red knit cap?

#OceanOptimism, #SciCommJuly 18, 2017

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


Hey Team Ocean! Southern Fried Science is entirely supported by contributions from our readers. Head over to Patreon to help keep our servers running and fund new and novel ocean outreach projects. Even a dollar or two a month will go a long way towards keeping our website online and producing the high-quality marine science and conservation content you love.

The Jaunty Red Knit Cap.

#OceanOptimism

How would they wear it?

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


Hey Team Ocean! Southern Fried Science is entirely supported by contributions from our readers. Head over to Patreon to help keep our servers running and fund new and novel ocean outreach projects. Even a dollar or two a month will go a long way towards keeping our website online and producing the high-quality marine science and conservation content you love.

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