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Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices
Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science

Conservation Minded: The Galapagos and changing the focus of conservation practices

What do you think of when you think about the Galapagos? Darwin, finches, tortoises, blue-footed boobys?   What else comes to mind? The word pristine, perhaps? How many people do you think live on the Galapagos (a volcanic archipelago owned by Ecuador, but located well off of the coast)? In 1970 there were around 4,000 … Continue reading

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?
Marine Life / Marine Preservation

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?

Once again, it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel. As a marine scientist I can’t condone the unholy union of fact and fiction which has seemed to characterize this year’s programming (see “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” and “Megalodon: The Shark That Lives”), but I can’t deny that sharks are pretty awesome. Despite evidence that a … Continue reading

New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science / Science and Communication

New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds

As a scientist studying issues related to climate change, I have had my share of futile conversation, arguments, and debates with climate deniers. It happens, perhaps too frequently. I recently had one of these conversations with a well-educated, young engineer during a cross-country flight. Said engineer was not so sure that the human impact on … Continue reading

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy

Since lionfish invaded the Caribbean and Atlantic, there have been programs promoting the consumption of lionfish in an effort to control them. There have been lionfish cookouts following lionfish derbies, restaurants serving lionfish, and even fishermen selling and exporting lionfish filets.  But in 2012, Florida Sea Grant and the FDA found detectable levels of ciguatera … Continue reading