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March 29, 2015

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2:00 PM | Maine’s Warmer but Sunnier Future
The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 3/29/2015. Around the time I turned six years old, a funny thing happened. Starting in 1984, each successive month was warmer than its 20th century global average. That doesn’t mean December 1985 was warmer than November 1985. It means December 1985 was warmer, around the world, than the average temperature in December from 1900-1985. So was January 1986. And so was February 1986. And June 1992. March […]

March 28, 2015

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6:37 AM | MEOW! It’s Marine Ecoregions in R!
So, I’m on paternity leave (yay! more on that another day – but HOMG, you guys, my daughter is amazing!) and while my daughter is amazing, there are many hours in the day and wee morning where I find myself … Continue reading →

March 27, 2015

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1:00 AM | The bays give up their dead?
Over much of this winter, I heard from Seanetters telling me they were finding what seemed like fewer dead birds on their beaches. This was mainly from the “hotspot” beaches that typically produce a few birds per walk throughout the winter, when bird mortality is generally highest. Many of these Seanetters went many weeks without […]

March 26, 2015

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10:06 PM | ARC Research Associate – Ocean acidification on benthic marine life
Originally posted on Ocean acidification:Job no: 493373 Work type: Fixed term – Full-time Location: Adelaide Categories: Faculty of Sciences Closing date: 10 April 2015 The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874,…
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4:08 PM | The War on Climate Change is a Guaranteed Job Creator
Our human history is measured in a sequence of “epochs”, periods of time defined by events or advancements. Today, we are entering the epoch of climate change.  In this era, Lindsay Graham acknowledges that climate change is real and humans are causing it. Conversations finally turn away from “Do we need to do anything?” to […]
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8:00 AM | wwf:Marine turtles face countless threats on land and sea....
wwf:Marine turtles face countless threats on land and sea. Accidental capture is one of the factors threatening their survival. Each year, thousands of sea turtles die due to accidental capture, often by longline J-hooks used by fishermen. The good news is that there is a solution. Join WWF-Colombia to help improve the livelihoods of fishing communities and distribute safer circle hooks to keep sea turtles alive. Use #YourPower → http://ehour.me/savetheturtles http://ift.tt/1GT3ZCj
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8:00 AM | wwf:Marine turtles face countless threats on land and sea....
wwf:Marine turtles face countless threats on land and sea. Accidental capture is one of the factors threatening their survival. Each year, thousands of sea turtles die due to accidental capture, often by longline J-hooks used by fishermen. The good news is that there is a solution. Join WWF-Colombia to help improve the livelihoods of fishing communities and distribute safer circle hooks to keep sea turtles alive. Use #YourPower → http://ehour.me/savetheturtles http://ift.tt/1GT3ZCj
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2:25 AM | Shark Attack 2: Revenge of the Tabloid Headline Writer
When I was Sydney last October, preparing for the IUCN World Parks Congress with the French marine protected areas agency, this headline above was splashed in similar formats across several Australian newspapers. Shark scientists were kept very busy responding to misinformation, stupidity and downright dangerous reporting in the Australian spring and summer – and this headline (and […]
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1:17 AM | Programming: the Legos of Math
Why should you learn to program? In my (limited) experience in the world of marine science, fisheries, and ecology, programming is more and more becoming part of the expected tool set. Consequently, many grad students in these fields are struggling … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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2:09 PM | Let's Get Our Hands Dirty This Women's History Month
[php]In the ocean world, there are many women to celebrate during Women’s History Month. Consider Rachel Carson, who started her career as a marine biologist, Sylvia Earle (“Her Deepness”), or our very own Nancy Knowlton, a self-proclaimed #OceanOptimist after years of coral reef doom and gloom. This March, we are...

March 24, 2015

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7:53 PM | So what do you call a group of cuttlefish?
Octopuses are generally loners. Squids often form schools. But cuttlefish (or seacuttles if you will)…they outright just don’t get along with one another. In the video below two Giant Australian Cuttlefish males that are bit cranky fight over a female. They are both flashing the characteristic Zebra “Don’t F**K With Me” pattern.  Make sure you […]
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7:53 PM | So what do you call a group of cuttlefish?
Octopuses are generally loners. Squids often form schools. But cuttlefish (or seacuttles if you will)…they outright just don’t get along with one another. In the video below two Giant Australian Cuttlefish males that are bit cranky fight over a female. They are both flashing the characteristic Zebra “Don’t F**K With Me” pattern.  Make sure you […]
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4:11 PM | News from the 2015 Right Whale Calving Season
The right whale calving season, which roughly spans December through March, is winding down. But nobody told the right whales that! In the last couple of weeks, two new moms were spotted with their young calves, bringing the current total up to 17 calves. Given the recent spate of new calves discovered, I am cautiously optimistic that there will be a few more to come. Mantis and her calf.
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10:30 AM | BODC at Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
The 11th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference takes place at Manchester Conference Centre on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March 2015. It is hosted by the University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). This annual event, first held in 2005, will build on the success of previous conferences - furthering its aim to foster an integrated UK coastal research community.YCSEC 2015 ©Coastal physical process research in the UK occurs […]
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8:00 AM | Marine Biologist Interview | Paul Rose | Explorer, TV Presenter, Public Speaker, Polar Guide & Expedition Leader
Marine Biologist Interview | Paul Rose | Explorer, TV Presenter, Public Speaker, Polar Guide &...
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8:00 AM | Marine Biologist Interview | Paul Rose | Explorer, TV Presenter, Public Speaker, Polar Guide & Expedition Leader
Marine Biologist Interview | Paul Rose | Explorer, TV Presenter, Public Speaker, Polar Guide &...
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3:36 AM | Wilsons Promontory – amazing spot for coastal hiking
Anyone who has ever travelled a decent amount of Australia could make a list of their top 10 places to visit. When it comes to Victoria, the most common one I hear is the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. Having lived for three years at the end of the GOR and within an […]

March 23, 2015

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4:03 PM | A request to environmentalists and journalists discussing shark fin ban legislation
Many of the U.S. state-level shark fin bans which make it illegal to buy, sell, or possess shark fins include exemptions for smooth and spiny dogfish, i.e. by far the most common species of sharks caught by U.S. fishermen. Some of these fisheries have significant conservation concerns associated with them. Much of this fishing is not currently […]
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3:08 PM | 10 Fabulous Facts About Sea Snakes
Note on picture: Sea kraits are sea snakes that go onto land, true sea snakes spend their whole lives in the water. 1. Sea snakes are reptiles and need to breathe air. 2. 50 different species of true sea snakes live in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. 3. A beaked sea […]
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2:00 PM | Wells Reserve at Laudholm Marks Solar Milestone
WELLS, Maine, March 23, 2015 — On Friday, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm celebrated becoming the first nonprofit in Maine to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy. Over the past two years, the reserve installed 248 solar panels that are expected to generate 73,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy while preventing 45 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year. “This action moves us toward full energy independence, lightens our carbon footprint, and […]
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12:00 PM | The EDC of the SEA
Grab your glow sticks. Throw on all the neon swag you can possibly find. Turn up the Calvin Harris and DROP. THAT. BASS. We are going Reef Raving. Reef Raving, more formally know as Fluorescence Diving, is a relative newer, underground form of sea exploration. Utilizing the power of blue light flashlights (the only light available […]
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12:00 PM | The EDC of the SEA
Grab your glow sticks. Throw on all the neon swag you can possibly find. Turn up the Calvin Harris and DROP. THAT. BASS. We are going Reef Raving. Reef Raving, more formally know as Fluorescence Diving, is a relative newer, underground form of sea exploration. Utilizing the power of blue light flashlights (the only light available […]

March 22, 2015

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12:31 PM | Brilliant sunset tonight #KawitMoments
Brilliant sunset tonight #KawitMoments
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12:31 PM | Brilliant sunset tonight #KawitMoments
Brilliant sunset tonight #KawitMoments
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11:31 AM | Why does the ocean look so strange today?
The other day I flew out over the Pacific Ocean for a short distance, before the...

March 20, 2015

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8:51 PM | The disastrous feedback of what happens when fisheries funding dries up
Last week I had the good fortune of attending the NC Oyster Summit, hosted  by the NC Coastal Federation in the Museum of Natural Sciences. We talked about the wonders that oyster restoration and aquaculture development can do for water quality, economic development, and taste buds. We enjoyed the demonstration of ‘merriore’, or the taste […]

March 19, 2015

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2:03 PM | Five Things you live with as a Taxonomist! Taxonomist Appreciation Day!
What are taxonomists? Simply put, taxonomy is the subsection of biology that deals with assigning names to biological entities and arranging them in an orderly "system." Usually in describing new species or even new genera, families or higher depending on what you work on. Many names apply and different scientists focus on different areas of expertise: Systematist, evolutionary biologist, invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, paleontologist, systematic biologist, entomologist, […]
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1:37 PM | The place where dissertations go to die …
So you’ve just spent the last few years of your life working on your research project, and now in front of you, you have the final thesis, all smartly bound with a rather dashing cover that would not look out of place in Mr Darcy’s library, with your thesis title and your name glistening in […]

March 18, 2015

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1:14 PM | Pyritized Fossils! All that Glitters is not gold...sometimes it's MORE!
this image via WikipediaThis week, I crack open my geology files and tell you a little about an interesting preservational process known as pyritization! This is actually a special type of preservation called permineralization, where an inorganic mineral "replaces" or forms a cast of a particular structure. Mostly hard parts, but soft parts are also replaced, as we'll see.Pyritization involves the mineral iron sulfide (FeS2), (also known as pyrite or fool's gold)..which will replace […]
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12:02 PM | I prefer my seafood without sperm, thank you
With the first taste of palolo I understood the Samoans’ love for it. Certainly it suggested a salty caviar, but with something added, a strong, rich whiff of the mystery and fecundity of the ocean depths. —R. Steinberg. Pacific and Southeast Asian cooking. Time-Life Books, New York, 1970 (opening quote from from Schulze 2006) This […]
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