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April 25, 2015

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8:45 PM | Sunday Seascape 2
As a diversion from the regular work routine, and to try something new, I’ve been taking photographs of the beaches and sea around us.  The convenient thing about seascape photography is that say, unlike wildlife or macro photography, the sea is always there.  And it never flies or runs away before you have the chance [...]
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5:24 PM | Changes in plant species composition of coastal dune over 20-years
Coastal sandy ecosystems are increasingly being threatened by human pressure, causing loss of biodiversity, habitat degradation and landscape modifications. Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Nature is calling
Join the David Suzuki Foundation 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days in May. Enjoy yourself, get healthier and become more familiar with your local environment. Nothing says living like nature.   Tagged: beach walk, California coast, … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful...
ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful fossil shells like these ones.
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7:06 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden...
lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden Rhinopias eschmeyeri in Ambon, Indonesia at Kampung Baru down at 36m.
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12:20 AM | sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some...
sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some of our LAMAVE team and a couple of international scientists are heading to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park.  One of our main goals is to understand the movement and residency patterns of some of the shark species that visit the park. We will be working closely with the Park’s management office (Tubbataha Management Office) with the aim of […]

April 24, 2015

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2:49 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Snap, Crack, Pop
You’ve been there before. You are sitting or standing around and get a mental sensation that you need to “pop your knuckles”.  A swift squeeze of your fingers and the tension is relieved. Crisis averted. But why do knuckles make that popping sound when you crack them? If questions like this keep you up at night… […]
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12:26 PM | Photo of the Week – April 24, 2015
The aesthetic values of prairie are more subtle than those in many other ecosystems.  There is much beauty to be found, but you sometimes have to look for it – it doesn’t often rise up and slap you in the … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Killer whales are stealing our fish to make extra babies
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) didn’t get their name because they’re gentle herbivores. They are top marine predators, and as a species they feed on a variety of critters from fish to seabirds to marine mammals—including other whales. They are highly intelligent, long-lived animals, with complex social dynamics and traditions that vary from group to group.
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2:19 AM | What happens when we punch a hole in the seafloor?
A longtime submariner I know tells the story of a most unusual dive. On this particular plunge, they went down into the briny deep to place what can best be described as a giant manhole cover on the seafloor. There was a hole, and, by all accounts, the sea was draining in to it. For more […]

April 23, 2015

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7:15 PM | Officials: Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Sabah
There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Envi­ronment Minister, over the weekend. In 2008, conservationists estimated there were around 50 rhinos in the state. Five years later, it dropped that estimate to just ten. Now, it's admitted the awful truth: the wild rhino is very likely gone.
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7:00 PM | This is the worst academic presentation in the world … tribute
Conference season is fast approaching, and around the hallowed halls of academia frantic graduate students are rushing around trying to cat herd committee members for thesis drafts and preparing the capstone to all of their recent study and research: the thesis defense. For the past two weeks my life has largely been back to back student presentations, […]
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1:00 PM | How long do captive killer whales survive?
Whales held captive outside the U.S. fare much worse than those in American facilities, a new study suggests. According to the report, killer whales typically live almost three times longer in captivity in the U.S. than in other countries. The study authors obtained U.S. data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Mammal Inventory
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12:30 PM | BHL and The Field Museum rapid inventory team: joining forces for conservation action
In 1855, after an exhausting trip across the Amazon, botanist Richard Spruce reached the Escalera Mountains of northern Peru. "I am among magnificent scenery and an interesting vegetation," he wrote.In 2013, botanist Corine Vriesendorp went back to those same mountains—still remote, still magnificent, and essentially unexplored since Spruce. "Stunningly beautiful," she wrote. "…breath-taking vistas of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, and the Amazon lowlands."Spruce worked out of a […]
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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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April 22, 2015

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11:20 PM | What’s the Best Time to Burn?
As I mentioned last week, prescribed fire can help meet many prairie management objectives.  It’s important, however, to match the timing of the burn to those objectives in order to avoid conducting a fire that is either unproductive or counterproductive.  … Continue reading →
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10:01 PM | Photo essay: the flying fox show
Rain or clear, wind or still, full moon or no. Every night thousands of flying foxes rise from a small mangrove island among the lesser Sunda islands of Indonesia. Around sunset the Sunda flying fox begin to stir in their roots—their stomachs waking them—until the boldest among them takes off into the sky.
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8:00 PM | You say you need to incorporate the social sciences? Which kind?
This post in the second of a series entitled “The Basics of the Human Dimensions”, which gives the most basic tips for how to work with social scientists and social questions in marine conservation efforts. Whether you are the stakeholder, the collaborating natural scientist, or both, this series will hopefully make the journey into the human […]
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7:09 PM | More Bad News About The Lionfish Invasion (Happy Earth Day?)
As I've described before, the Indo-Pacific lionfish in the Atlantic and Caribbean are quite possibly the worst marine invasion ever. These toxic predators have been eating their way around for the past few decades, driving down populations of native species and threatening already-struggling habitats. Now, a pair of papers released this month have more bad news: the lionfish are continuing to spread, and they may be eating the very last of critically endangered […]
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4:14 PM | Dear Future Generation: Sorry! A Message That Will Travel Through Time (VIDEO)
The nature-conservation message in this video is clear. See it and pass it on. Thank you. Continue reading →
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1:14 PM | mothernaturenetwork: Happy Earth Day!Here are 30 great ways to...
mothernaturenetwork: Happy Earth Day!Here are 30 great ways to celebrate Earth Day every day.
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12:30 PM | BHL participates in the GBIF-CoL-EOL-BHL-BOLD Summit at Naturalis
Jeroen Snijders, Bob Corrigan, Peter Schalk, Donald Hobern, Tom Orrell, David Remsen, Alex Borisenko, Alex Borisenko, Martin KalfatovicOn 13 April 2015, BHL Program Director Martin R. Kalfatovic attended the GBIF-CoL-EOL-BHL-BOLD Summit at Naturalis in Leiden, Netherlands. This meeting followed on the preceding Catalogue of Life meeting in Oostende, Belgium. The meeting took place in the historic Pesthuis on the Naturalis campus.Other participants were:Donald Hobern, Global Biodiversity […]
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12:00 PM | Why do village dogs eat endangered sea turtle eggs?
Feral and outdoor cats kill millions of birds each year, proving that when humans encroach on wildlife habitats, the risks to wildlife aren’t strictly human in origin. With humans come our domesticated pets. Cats get a bad rap, and perhaps they deserve it, but dogs aren’t entirely free from blame either. Domestic dogs are perhaps
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12:00 AM | sallysnowglobe: THANK YOU FOR HELPING LAMAVE RAISE NEARLY...
sallysnowglobe: THANK YOU FOR HELPING LAMAVE RAISE NEARLY $10,000What an incredible result on our crowdfunding campaign!Thank you so much for your support  - it will help us protect one of the last #sharkedens in Asia.Together we can save the oceans.x

April 21, 2015

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4:52 PM | The Power of the Deepwater Horizon Story
I bet I’ll look back in 40 years and consider the Deepwater Horizon oil spill a defining event of my life. It was the first major disaster that I followed obsessively on the news as a recent college graduate. I wrote about it repeatedly on my blog Culturing Science, including one post about Normal Accident Theory that remains on point. […]
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2:21 PM | mapsontheweb: Global winter temperature departures from...
mapsontheweb: Global winter temperature departures from average, 2014-2015.
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12:00 PM | Survey says: “shifting baselines” happen fast
Over the last 25 years, outbreaks of spruce bark beetles have killed trees across more than a million acres of forests on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, southwest of Anchorage. But people living in the area are losing a sense of just how bad the environmental damage caused by these insects has been, according to new research. The
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6:22 AM | GMA-7 interview on plastic, the importance of the Verde Island...
GMA-7 interview on plastic, the importance of the Verde Island passage, and what divers and local communities can do to help. Thurs 4:30pm on “The Reporters Notebook”

April 20, 2015

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7:31 PM | Killings of environmental activists jumped by 20 percent last year
The assassination, murder, and extrajudicial killing of environmental activists rose by 20 percent last year, according to a new grim report by Global Witness. The organization documented 116 killings in 2014 across 17 countries with the highest number in Brazil, which saw 29 environmental and land defenders killed.
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