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November 04, 2014

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7:07 PM | What do baseball and fishes have in common?
Here’s the third in our series of guest posts from California Academy of Sciences ichthyologist Dr. Luiz Rocha I am not going to lie to you, before moving to San Francisco I barely knew the rules of baseball. But during the mere three years that I have lived here, our local team (the Giants in […]
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7:07 PM | What do baseball and fishes have in common?
Here’s the third in our series of guest posts from California Academy of Sciences ichthyologist Dr. Luiz Rocha I am not going to lie to you, before moving to San Francisco I barely knew the rules of baseball. But during the mere three years that I have lived here, our local team (the Giants in […]
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5:50 PM | Exploring a Unique Biodiversity Hotspot In the Gulf of Maine
[php]  Cashes Ledge is a wild, special place in the heart of the Gulf of Maine. This underwater mountain range is home to a great diversity of life, with colors typically associated with a coral reef rather than a cold, northern environment. Its steep peaks reach almost to the ocean’s surface—a fact that historically made Cashes Ledge a dangerous place for fishermen, who could easily snag and rip or lose their nets on the jagged underwater mountaintops. As a result, the […]

November 03, 2014

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6:19 AM | Communicating climate change to young people
How do we talk about climate change in a way that will engage young people? I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get slightly tired of talking about climate change. It is a super important topic, one of the most important … Continue reading →

November 02, 2014

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4:03 PM | Guest post: Missing when you’re shooting at trouble
I am so very pleased to introduce my very first guest blogger: Emily T. Griffiths. I worked with Emily on the CalCurCEAS cruise earlier this month. We had adventures and misadventures and cookies. Lots of cookies. Emily’s background is in zoology and animal biology (undergrad) and marine biology (master’s). She worked as a research technician […]

November 01, 2014

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5:57 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: The Torpedo Ray
“Shields up! Phasers set to kill! Engage!” If the Pacific Torpedo Ray (Torpedo californica) had an inner dialogue whilst stalking delicious fishy snacks, I could imagine it would be something along these lines. In his literary masterpiece, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast,  Milton Love so rightly describes them as […]
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5:57 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: The Torpedo Ray
“Shields up! Phasers set to kill! Engage!” If the Pacific Torpedo Ray (Torpedo californica) had an inner dialogue whilst stalking delicious fishy snacks, I could imagine it would be something along these lines. In his literary masterpiece, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast,  Milton Love so rightly describes them as […]

October 31, 2014

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5:10 AM | Tides in a glass
A very simple experiment to show how waves can travel around an ocean basin. I wrote these instructions for a book project that I was lucky enough to get involved in at the very last minute and figured I could … Continue reading →

October 30, 2014

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11:09 PM | How much weight is the “Ocean Atlas” really carrying on its shoulders?
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has teamed up with B.R.E.E.F. to create “Ocean Atlas”, the worlds largest underwater sculpture. Underwater reef, diverter of tourists from natural reefs and a new hub for underwater selfies, “Ocean Atlas” is a sculpture of a woman supposedly holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders. Which of course led my tiny science mind to wonder…exactly how […]
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11:09 PM | How much weight is the “Ocean Atlas” really carrying on its shoulders?
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has teamed up with B.R.E.E.F. to create “Ocean Atlas”, the worlds largest underwater sculpture. Underwater reef, diverter of tourists from natural reefs and a new hub for underwater selfies, “Ocean Atlas” is a sculpture of a woman supposedly holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders. Which of course led my tiny science mind to wonder…exactly how […]
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5:18 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods
The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to clams*. But if it wasn’t for that pesky Permian mass extinction, they might be kicking clam butt all over the place. 99% […]
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5:18 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods
The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to clams*. But if it wasn’t for that pesky Permian mass extinction, they might be kicking clam butt all over the place. 99% […]

October 29, 2014

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8:08 PM | Interview with the Vampire Blennies
This is our second guest post from ichthyologist, tech diver and all-round good guy Dr. Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences.  You should follow him on Twitter When you hear “vampires” you usually think “Twilight”, “Vampire Diaries” or “True Blood”. However, a very interesting group of fishes have also taken up the name. […]
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8:08 PM | Interview with the Vampire Blennies
This is our second guest post from ichthyologist, tech diver and all-round good guy Dr. Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences.  You should follow him on Twitter When you hear “vampires” you usually think “Twilight”, “Vampire Diaries” or “True Blood”. However, a very interesting group of fishes have also taken up the name. […]
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6:35 AM | Assessing participation
One example of how to give grades for participation. One of the most difficult tasks as a teacher is to actually assess how much people have learned, along with give them a grade – a single number or letter (depending on where … Continue reading →

October 28, 2014

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10:06 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Anything with an instrument on it
As a physical oceanographer I have a love-hate relationship with sea life. Ocean biology is totally cool….until it interferes with my measurements. I’m looking at you barnacles on my ADCP. But swimming animals that can measure where oceanographers fear to tread, I am ALL OVER THAT. So here’s my favorite species…the ones I can stick instruments/tracking devices […]
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10:06 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Anything with an instrument on it
As a physical oceanographer I have a love-hate relationship with sea life. Ocean biology is totally cool….until it interferes with my measurements. I’m looking at you barnacles on my ADCP. But swimming animals that can measure where oceanographers fear to tread, I am ALL OVER THAT. So here’s my favorite species…the ones I can stick instruments/tracking devices […]
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