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November 26, 2014

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12:48 PM | Taxonomy of multiple choice questions
Examples of different kinds of multiple choice questions that you could use. Multiple choice questions are a tool that is used a lot with clickers or even on exams, but they are especially on my mind these days because I’ve been … Continue reading →

November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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4:08 PM | Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie
Despite that the blurb from this fiction book makes it sound like it is about mermaids, it isn’t truly. It is a tale of humans living underwater once the air “Above” got too polluted. It is also a story about sisterhood and friendship. The book even ventures into religious territory with the people “Above” and […]

November 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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12:25 PM | Activating the backchannel
Using technology to enable active engagement with content in a large lecture. I have recently presented the paper “Enabling backchannel communication between a lecturer and a large group” at the SEFI 2014 conference in Birmingham. That paper is based on work … Continue reading →

November 23, 2014

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4:23 PM | Pacific Adventures - Episode 3: "Bridge, Deck, We need to recover our instrument. -- Deck, Bridge, Roger That"
 As I fell behind with the science posts, I thought a recount of what is going on on this floating steel cottage might serve to explain why I fell behind on the science posts.   Upon finishing our CTD casts all the way to 2S and returning to the equator, we started our continuous operations: aqua gym and Tai Chi in the morning, painting some afternoons to change from sipping martinis by the

November 21, 2014

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1:01 PM | 16 awesome ocean songs
Whether you are on a boat trip or cruise and want some appropriate songs, or whether you just want to imagine that you are out at sea whilst in the office or lab, we have some tunes for you. Below … Continue reading →
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12:43 PM | Fog and clouds in a bottle
A little bit of hands-on meteorology for a change. This post is inspired by www.planet-science.com‘s “fog in a bottle” and “make a cloud in a bottle” posts. Inspired meaning that I had to try and recreate their experiments after I … Continue reading →

November 20, 2014

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11:45 PM | RIP, Mike Nichols
I just heard that Mike Nichols, the great film director, has died. While perhaps best known for his masterpiece The Graduate, we should not forget his other masterpiece: Yes, Day of the Dolphin, the movie where George C. Scott teaches … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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12:00 PM | Putting snails in the microwave…for science!
Yahoo answers tells me I shouldn’t put snails in the microwave, but this paper tells me otherwise: Galindo LA, Puillandre N, Strong EE, Bouchet P (2014) Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. This paper is so simple, yet so epic in so many ways: We have experimented with […]
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12:00 PM | Putting snails in the microwave…for science!
Yahoo answers tells me I shouldn’t put snails in the microwave, but this paper tells me otherwise: Galindo LA, Puillandre N, Strong EE, Bouchet P (2014) Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. This paper is so simple, yet so epic in so many ways: We have experimented with […]
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4:38 AM | Does this thing still work?
By gum, I think it does! It’s been a while, internet…but I am getting the blog back together. And I have things to write about. Stay tuned…
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12:04 AM | #WorldParksCongress wraps up #WPCMarine
I worked some of the longest days of my career at World Parks Congress and dealt with a variety of event teething issues never experienced before. On the upside, I met some amazing people (including the wonderful Sylvia Earle, who I interviewed for our webtv channel) and worked with a great team from the French […]

November 19, 2014

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7:30 PM | These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish
As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground. All right! Stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to […]
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7:30 PM | These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish
As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground. All right! Stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to […]
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6:18 PM | The Antarctic is a rough neighbourhood
There’s a fascinating article getting some press this week, all about a growing incidence of an extraordinary bit of animal behaviour in the islands just above the Antarctic circle.  In an article in the journal Polar Biology, reported on nicely by the BBC (with more disturbing pictures and video), scientists from the Mammal Research Institute in […]
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6:18 PM | The Antarctic is a rough neighbourhood
There’s a fascinating article getting some press this week, all about a growing incidence of an extraordinary bit of animal behaviour in the islands just above the Antarctic circle.  In an article in the journal Polar Biology, reported on nicely by the BBC (with more disturbing pictures and video), scientists from the Mammal Research Institute in […]
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12:20 PM | How to plan a course from scratch
Where do I even start??? A very helpful concept, which is completely contrary to how most people approach course planning, is “backward design”. Instead of looking at all the cool experiments, the awesome, fun materials, the best case studies, we … Continue reading →

November 18, 2014

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11:37 PM | Lies, Damned Lies, and Cryptozoology
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, despite what cryptozoologists may be telling you. The internet is a double-edged sword of enlightenment and ignorance. It has the capacity to educate millions in ways never before possible, making science accessible, understandable, and relevant. At the same time it infects the public with idiocy, lies, pseudoscience, […]
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11:37 PM | Lies, Damned Lies, and Cryptozoology
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, despite what cryptozoologists may be telling you. The internet is a double-edged sword of enlightenment and ignorance. It has the capacity to educate millions in ways never before possible, making science accessible, understandable, and relevant. At the same time it infects the public with idiocy, lies, pseudoscience, […]
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7:02 PM | Making a comic: Whale Scout edition
I’ve been working on a little comic for WhaleScout.org. It’s taken me a while, but it’s finally done, and will be up on the Whale Scout website soon! Woo! I used the iPad app Procreate, which I’ve been a fan of for a while now. Years, maybe? I loved it from the get-go, and it […]
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3:42 PM | How Oil Feeds the Deep Sea
[php]There can be catastrophic results when a large amount of oil is spilled into the ocean—as when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. But did you know that a little bit of oil in the ocean is actually necessary for many organisms to survive? In the deep sea, there is no light, so oil and gas act as a source of energy for bacteria. These bacteria are in turn eaten by larger organisms, which are then eaten by even larger organisms, and so on, […]
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5:37 AM | Shark Feeding, Managed Risk, and the Tredwellian Paradigm
Ocean conservation work takes me to many an unusual locale, but none stranger than tomorrow’s destination: Las Vegas.  I’m headed there to attend the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, or DEMA Show for short.  The DEMA Show is the world’s largest international trade show for the scuba diving and water sports industry.  The exhibition […]
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5:37 AM | Shark Feeding, Managed Risk, and the Tredwellian Paradigm
Ocean conservation work takes me to many an unusual locale, but none stranger than tomorrow’s destination: Las Vegas.  I’m headed there to attend the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, or DEMA Show for short.  The DEMA Show is the world’s largest international trade show for the scuba diving and water sports industry.  The exhibition […]
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