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September 25, 2014

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7:15 PM | Positive Multifunctionality ≠ All Functions Are Positive
Positive Multifunctionality ≠ All Functions Are Positive I was dismayed this morning to read Bradford et al.’s recently accepted paper Discontinuity in the responses of ecosystem processes and multifunctionality to altered soil community composition in PNAS for several reasons. The … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia...
mean-guign-photography: Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratophthalma) - Dauin, Philippines I SAID STAHP. OMG. 
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia...
mean-guign-photography: Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratophthalma) - Dauin, Philippines I SAID STAHP. OMG. 
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2:22 AM | No you’re not paranoid – there is a bias against publishing marine conservation papers
How many times have you submitted a marine conservation paper to a journal only to have it rejected because it is “too marine”, of “too narrow a focus” or “of limited interest to our readers”?  Despite the oceans making up 71% of Earth’s surface and 99% of the know biosphere, it sometimes seems that there’s […]
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Donald Duck Shrimp (Leander plumosus) -...
mean-guign-photography: Donald Duck Shrimp (Leander plumosus) - Dauin, Philippines yes, it’s really called that… Dammit Daniel, stop seeing my entire bucket list without me. 
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Donald Duck Shrimp (Leander plumosus) -...
mean-guign-photography: Donald Duck Shrimp (Leander plumosus) - Dauin, Philippines yes, it’s really called that… Dammit Daniel, stop seeing my entire bucket list without me. 

September 24, 2014

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8:00 AM | Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius striatus)
mean-guign-photography: Dauin, Philippines
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8:00 AM | Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius striatus)
mean-guign-photography: Dauin, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea...
mean-guign-photography: Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines I just want to give it a hug.
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea...
mean-guign-photography: Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines I just want to give it a hug.

September 23, 2014

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5:10 PM | Watch the Sharks International 2014 Keynote Presentations!
In June of 2014, almost 400 of the world’s top shark researchers gathered in Durban, South Africa for the 2nd Sharks International conference.  The four keynote presentations have just been put online. Beyond Jaws: Rediscovering the “lost sharks” of South Africa Dave Ebert, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory Biography:Dave Ebert earned his Masters Degree at Moss […]
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3:38 PM | Ocean Data Interoperability
The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) recently took part in the 3rd Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) workshop in Townsville, Australia.ODIP is a transcontinental collaboration between marine data management experts from the EU, Australia and the USA, scheduled to last for three years (01 October 2012 - 31 September 2015). ODIP focuses on knowledge sharing and collaborative development activities to harmonise and enhance ocean data management globally. Users of the NERC […]
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2:36 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: multi-level play edition
At various levels of difficulty, here are your three Dead Birds for the week: Bird A was found by Marcia Lyons in North Carolina in June. Culmen is reported at 63mm. Other measurements not obtainable due to carcass condition. Bird B is also a Marcia Lyons find, this one from just yesterday. Reported measurements are: […]
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12:44 PM | Let's Meet the Deep-Sea Stars of the North Atlantic Canyons! Your Guide to Starfishy Okeanos Exploring!
 This week a special OKEANOS Explorer Treat!               Owing to a fantastic combination of various technologies: deep-sea subersibles, HD cameras, quick and efficient internet transmission and the wonder of social media, not only do we have LIVE streams of deep-sea biology and exploration via the R/V Okeanos Explorer, BUT we have for the ability for almost ANYONE to tune and watch discoveries as they happen! AND watching and observing the scientists […]
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Xeno Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus) -...
mean-guign-photography: Xeno Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus) - Malapascua Island, Philippines
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Xeno Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus) -...
mean-guign-photography: Xeno Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus) - Malapascua Island, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator)...
mean-guign-photography: Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on a Sea Cucumber - Dauin, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator)...
mean-guign-photography: Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on a Sea Cucumber - Dauin, Philippines

September 22, 2014

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10:52 PM | Nursing the ocean back to health
I came across a news article today about volunteer divers working towards rest...
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1:55 PM | The next era of ocean exploration begins in Papua New Guinea
In 1946, Jacques Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan released the Aqualung, forever changing the way humans interact with the oceans. No longer tethered to the surface, entombed in thick, restrictive helmets, we could dive deeper, stay down longer, and explore the dark places snorkelers and free divers feared to fin. The Aqualung opened up the […]
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10:00 AM | Diagnosing Death with Diatoms
“I know you drowned him in the ocean, these bones don’t lie…” Ever heard of forensic limnology? Neither had I, until I had a random conversation during a coffee break. The police find a body in the water. How did it get there? How did this person actually die? Was this a tragic accident, or […]
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10:00 AM | Diagnosing Death with Diatoms
“I know you drowned him in the ocean, these bones don’t lie…” Ever heard of forensic limnology? Neither had I, until I had a random conversation during a coffee break. The police find a body in the water. How did it get there? How did this person actually die? Was this a tragic accident, or […]
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Yellowbarred Jawfish (Opistognathus...
mean-guign-photography: Yellowbarred Jawfish (Opistognathus sp.) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines took 20 minutes to creep up close enough to this little guy with his eggs
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Yellowbarred Jawfish (Opistognathus...
mean-guign-photography: Yellowbarred Jawfish (Opistognathus sp.) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines took 20 minutes to creep up close enough to this little guy with his eggs
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis)...
mean-guign-photography: Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis) - Dauin, Philippines no octopus were touched or thrown in the making of this photo! Wheeee!
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis)...
mean-guign-photography: Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis) - Dauin, Philippines no octopus were touched or thrown in the making of this photo! Wheeee!

September 21, 2014

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2:23 PM | #20: Another Entangled Whale in the Bay
As the Shelagh was returning to home port from our second Roseway Basin voyage, we sighted a right whale in the Bay of Fundy. Even from a distance, we could tell that the blowholes had been injured at some point because the post-blowhole callosity and surrounding area was overwhelmed with cyamids, and the whale was not creating the signature V-shape blow when it exhaled. As soon as we got a
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8:40 AM | mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini...
mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini //SS15 My girl Jen is embarking on her adventure of a lifetime. Follow her first steps to designing and creating her own kick ass fashion line. Not only am I gonna be her biggest fan, but if we can think of a badass nudibranch latin name - she’ll name a dress after it!  Suggestions in the comments, if you will… 
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8:40 AM | mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini...
mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini //SS15 My girl Jen is embarking on her adventure of a lifetime. Follow her first steps to designing and creating her own kick ass fashion line. Not only am I gonna be her biggest fan, but if we can think of a badass nudibranch latin name - she’ll name a dress after it!  Suggestions in the comments, if you will… 

September 20, 2014

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1:35 PM | Is wind power bad for birds?
As promised, I spent some time reviewing the scientific literature on wind farms and their impacts on bird populations. While the details are complex (and I will get to some of them), the short answer to the question, “Does wind power kill birds?” is, “Yes.” The longer answer is, “Yes, and so do all other […]
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