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March 25, 2014

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11:29 AM | Biofuels, more harm than good?
A United Nations report, set to be published this week is to say that fuels made from crops harm the environment and drive up food prices.
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8:00 AM | FREE BOOKS OF MARINE SCIENCES
FREE BOOKS OF MARINE SCIENCES: griseus: some titles here (HAY LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL) Marine...
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6:25 AM | falabaloo: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (camouflage)  
falabaloo: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (camouflage)  
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12:00 AM | unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned...
unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art: "Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.  The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering. (photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

March 24, 2014

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6:07 PM | Help track fire restoration with this innovative Citizen Science project!
Last year, over 3,000 acres of Mount Diablo State Park were scorched by the Morgan Wildfire. The fire, likely started by target shooters, caused 75 homes to be evacuated and left the park closed to visitors for weeks. The park is now open and the massive fire scar is beginning to heal. Nerds for Nature, […]
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3:23 PM | Graph of the day: projected coral bleaching under different RCPs
From van Hooidonk et al. 2013 PDF. Learn about RCPs here.
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3:20 PM | Really Dumb Idea #247: Training sharks to eat dead lionfish
Below is a repost from the graduate student-written Under The C blog by Serena Hackerott.  Since the lionfish invasion hit the news, people have suggested that native predators will eat and control invasive lionfish. For more information check out our previous posts The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish and Who’s “Lyin’” about Lionfish?. But with current evidence suggesting […]
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12:52 PM | A Spectacular UK Showcase of the Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights as they are popularly known by, are an elegant yet haunting sight often seen around the polar regions of our planet. As recently as February 2014, some parts of the UK were given the pleasant surprise of laying witness to the Northern Lights.
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8:00 AM | Letter from Francis Crick to his son Michael, 1953
Letter from Francis Crick to his son Michael, 1953: scienceisbeauty: 19 Portugal Place Cambridge19...
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7:38 AM | Samantha Craven Conveys Her Passion for Marine Conservation in the Phillippines
Samantha Craven Conveys Her Passion for Marine Conservation in the Phillippines: Sam Craven is a...
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12:00 AM | Q: Where you from?  A: Ahhhmmbon  Pteroidichthys amboinensis by...
Q: Where you from?  A: Ahhhmmbon  Pteroidichthys amboinensis by Bo Mancao

March 23, 2014

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8:00 AM | realmonstrosities: The Pink (K)night [of Darkness (it’s a pun)]...
realmonstrosities: The Pink (K)night [of Darkness (it’s a pun)] is a Sea Cucumber who leaps from rooftop to rooftop, slapping villains about the face with carefully manicured feeding tentacles. The world is a safer place because of the Pink (K)night [of Darkness (it’s a pun)]. Image: moon-John Spade/Sea Cucumber-NOAA
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4:52 AM | Dear Nembrotha lineolata, WHY YOU HAZ ANTLERS?! Photo by Daniel...
Dear Nembrotha lineolata, WHY YOU HAZ ANTLERS?! Photo by Daniel Geary | Mean Guin Photophraphy
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4:45 AM | Hi! Just wanted to share some "useful life skills" in marine conservation... I studied Visual Comm. Design in uni but i've always had love for conservation. Throughout the years, I've realized how important Design is for conservation; you know how the conservation world does a lot of awareness campaigns n stuff? Being a qualified Designer can get you jobs in the Design and/or Communications dept. of an org., where you'll get to do some of THE most important stuff in fighting for a cause ;)
THIS. Yes. You’re totally right. Not having any design skills is a battle I face at work every day!...
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4:01 AM | For the anon asking about marine bio programs at US schools and seeing how good their local one is, I would advise looking through their website and trying to contact a professor of the subject- they normally have contact info on the page. If you can't get in touch with them, looking at graduation rates from the program and the facility they're partnered with would be a way to figure out how good the program is, though it is kind of hard to beat ocean access if that's what you want to do.
Good advice - thanks :)
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3:57 AM | I actually love your blog and your work! I'm studying marine biology and I completely understand the love hate relationship because sometimes it does feel like you just can't win with big business and industry. Honestly though, this is what I want to do with my life, I want to try make a difference in the world, and it's people like you who make me believe that I'm not the only one who has this mind set and passion for conservation of the earth. Thank you for what you are doing! :)
You’re definitely not the only one, but I know it can feel like it sometimes. The marine...
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3:45 AM | Hi! Just wanted to share some "useful life skills" in marine conservation... I studied Visual Comm. Design in uni but i've always had love for conservation. Throughout the years, I've realized how important Design is for conservation; you know how the conservation world does a lot of awareness campaigns n stuff? Being a qualified Designer can get you jobs in the Design and/or Communications dept. of an org., where you'll get to do some of THE most important stuff in fighting for a cause ;)
THIS. Yes. You’re totally right. Not having any design skills is a battle I face at work every day!...
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3:38 AM | i want to become a marine biologist and work with whales but i live in Missouri, right in the middle of the country. do you know anything about Missouri State University's marine biology program? is it good? i know they do a partnership with the gulf coast research lab. or should i try to go out of state?
I’m going to open this up for followers in the US to chip in if they know anything. Anon and I...
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3:38 AM | sallysnowglobe: #dugong in the #sky ❤️
sallysnowglobe: #dugong in the #sky ❤️
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3:32 AM | You know Anna Oposa? She's a great speaker! Also, have you been to Manila Ocean Park and Subic Ocean Adventure? If you have been to these place (I have been to them), what are your opinion on these "parks"? Thanks, Samantha!
She and I were roomies for a while in Malapascua. She is a fantastic speaker, I always enjoy her...
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3:26 AM | Have you been to Malapascua Island? Also, where do you think is the best place to swim, not dive, in the Philippines? I'm thinking of spending my vacation in Palawan...I'm just concerned about safety and accessibility. Thanks!
Malapascua - Yes I have, it is like a third home to me! Beautiful, though battered by the typhoon...
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3:21 AM | Hello! I'm really keen on marine conservation as a line of work after university. Are there any courses besides Marine Science that might be useful? Any tips? Thank you!
Cool question - because marine conservation is such a young industry, and isn’t funded all too well...
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3:17 AM | Hey, I was wondering what college courses you would have to take to become a marine biologist?
I’m guessing you’re from the US - and I think the courses depend on the college. You’ll have to get...
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3:15 AM | You're really inspiring! I am currently taking bachelor degree of marine science and planning to take open water certification but I am kinda not ready for that T.T btw keep up the blog! looove reading these stuff :D
Thanks :)  Hope you take the OW plunge soon - because it opens up a whole new world. Shining,...
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3:14 AM | Hi! So I live in England and I'm really interested in becoming a marine biologist, specifically working in conservation. I would really love to do some volunteering and gain experience, but unfortunately I live in the midlands (and am in no position to move away) and there is no sea for miles. I don't have a clue how I could go about finding places or organisations to volunteer with in such a remote area. Any advice?
Have a look into the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)  - they many have need of volunteers for...
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3:10 AM | is there a specific name for a marine biologist that works with turtles?
Turtle biologist?  Any one with another answer chip in here.
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3:08 AM | How would I go about becoming a marine veterinarian? Do I take classes for vet studies and then find a school that has programs for being a marine vet? I know I want to be a marine vet but I have no idea where to start to become one! Any advice or links would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
The marine vet I know now runs a marine vertebrate research and conservation NGO - but he started...
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3:05 AM | • The Qualifications and previous experience required?• Personal Qualities required? How much money do you receive in a week?• How much money do you receive in a year?• How often do you write reports?• What type of experiments do you do?
• The manners required for me to answer your question • None of your business • None of your...
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3:01 AM | Hey :) I'm studying marine biology at Newcastle Uni and am particularly interested in public attitudes towards conservation/management. I was wondering how positive your interactions with local stakeholders had been in your work? What would you say has been the biggest barrier to public involvement? Thanks :) love your blog!
Hi - thanks for this question! No one asks me about the conservation side!  I think I’d find...
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2:50 AM | I'm currently studying to be a marine biologist as well as taking many other classes (junior in high school). I was wondering if, as a marine biologist, you could shed some light on this question: Would I be better off earning a low salary as a marine biologist? OR Earning a higher salary as an engineer or something more typical? I want to have a happy, comfortable life. I'd be happy as a marine biologist, but I don't think I would have enough money to be comfortable.
Ah, the eternal question of a marine biologist - this is one we all ask ourselves, but cannot answer...
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