Help save the oceans in honor of David’s Ph.D.!

BloggingDecember 13, 2016

Earlier this week, I announced that I have officially earned my Ph.D.!  I am hoping to use this occassion to raise funds for a variety of environmental causes. If you’re able to help, I’ve created a JustGive.org campaign that allows you to donate to my favorite environmental and human rights causes in honor of my graduation. Any amount helps! Thanks in advance.

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

The fam attending my dissertation defense

The fam attending my dissertation defense

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 page dissertation but are curious about what I found, I’ve prepared this blog post to summarize my key conclusions. (Note: this does not include every conclusion. Some are aggregated together, and some more technical conclusions are omitted for this summary).

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Monday Morning Salvage: December 12, 2016

Monday Morning Salvage

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

  • Mr. Trashwheel, who has the best social media game in town. How can anyone compete with a garbage-eating floating waterwheel who’s Reddit AMA is this on point?

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Thursday Afternoon Dredging: December 8th, 2016

Thursday Afternoon DredgingDecember 8, 2016

Cuttings (short and sweet):

  • Rays chew. Who knew? From this paper by Kolmann and friends

    From Kolmann and friends 2016, "Always chew your food. Freshwater stingrays use mastication to process insect prey." Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    From Kolmann and friends 2016, “Always chew your food. Freshwater stingrays use mastication to process insect prey.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  • Follow Dr. Leanne Currey @LeanneMCurrey, a postdoc working on the Global FinPrint project, on twitter! Follow her for great videos of sharks and other marine life approaching baited underwater video stations around the world.
  • Our friends at the Fisheries Blog surveyed their readers about their peer review habits. Do these results match your experience?

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We can’t afford to substitute genuine outreach with social media metrics

#SciCommDecember 7, 2016

If you plan to give up one thing in 2017, make it the social media trap that so many NPOs/NGOs/individuals have fallen into.  We need more organizations and individuals talking about what they are doing in the real world and less that just talk.  We going to need that now more than ever.

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The Organism is Always Right.

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 6, 2016

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Monday Morning Salvage: December 5, 2016

Monday Morning SalvageDecember 5, 2016

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

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Fun Science FRIEDay – Water to Wine? Close, CO2 to Alcohol (ethanol)

climate change, Fun Science Friday, Natural Science, Open Science, ScienceDecember 2, 2016

Science brings us many wonderful things (honestly if you enjoy the benefits of the modern era, go out and hug a scientist). One of humanities age old desires is the ability to convert something invaluable, or a nuisance, into something desirable. The old midas touch if you will. Recently some scientist stumbled onto the process of converting CO2, a primary culprit of anthropogenic climate change, into alcohol… though not the kind you drink, the kind that humanity could use as fuel.

(Photo credit: Getty + Space Images)

(Photo credit: Getty + Space Images)

Producing fuel from CO2 is huge because it lets us take a nuisance compound, and converts it into a productive one. This was accomplished by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee by using common materials (copper and carbon), but arranging them with nanotechnology. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, such as ethanol. They figured they would go from CO2 to methanol, and then work out the logistics of going from methanol to ethanol, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. Science for the win!

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Thursday Afternoon Dredging: December 1, 2016

Thursday Afternoon DredgingDecember 1, 2016

Cuttings (short and sweet):

How a sawfish uses its saw, from Wueringer and friends (2012), the function of the sawfish saw, Current Biology

How a sawfish uses its saw, from Wueringer and friends (2012), the function of the sawfish saw, Current Biology

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Do you see the deep sea?

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 29, 2016

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