Archive for 2011

The blogging professor manifesto: A morning-after perspective

Have social media seeded a communications renaissance in science and if so, what is limiting its growth? My colleagues Kevin Zelnio of SciAm’s EvoEcoLab (and Deep-Sea News), and John Bruno right here at SeaMonster, recently started a fascinating conversation on these topics. Kevin’s excellent essay noted that scientists have many reasons for going online, but […]


A manifesto for blogging professors

Iv’e been looking for a manifesto for blogging professors.  Kevin Zelnio has come through with a new post on his EvoEcoLab site titled The message reigns over the medium.  It is long-form blogging at it’s best.  And it isn’t clear to me where exactly Kevin learned to be such a great writer (when he was a cook? A […]


‘Tis the season to be hatching…

Fa la la la la, la la la la! As a Northern Hemispherite, I found it odd to be decking the halls within a week of celebrating the Summer Solstice, but apparently the Antarctic locals know better. Perfectly-timed with the “warm” season came the arrival of a new generation – penguin chicks are hatching all […]


Leave a Message: shredding girl surfers!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igUy2DvlVtw[/youtube] The athletes incude Carissa Moore (Hawaii), Lakey Peterson (USA), Laura Enever (Australia), Coco Ho (Hawaii), Byrne-Wickey Monyca (Hawaii) and Malia Manuel (Hawaii).


Top posts of the year from Breaching The Blue

My vote for the most unique oceans blogger of 2011 is Mark Gibson at Breaching the Blue.  Mark’s posts are typically clear yet deep analysis of marine policy with very little of the fluff so common at most oceans blogs (mea culpa).  It is a go to site for fair and balanced fisheries news.  Here […]


Ocean acidification can reduce the survival of larval fish

Another great piece from Rob Painting at SkS: Fossil fuel-burning is acidifying the oceans and, up until recently, it has generally been thought that the greatest risk posed by ocean acidification was the change to seawater carbon chemistry. This is because rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reduce the concentration of seawater carbonate ions, a vital […]


Seriously, global warming is real

A nice essay by Matt Bush (also see his response to the “climategate 2.0” non-scandal here): Urgh. Look, man-made global warming is real. This conversation is starting to bore me. I’ve had it thrice this week, with different people who I know aren’t stupid. It also really disturbs me. I don’t think deniers are gullible idiots, I just […]


John Cook speaking at AGU

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Seahorses for christmas

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift then how about some seahorses, in the shape of our very own Helen Scales’ book, Poseidon’s Steed (out now in paperback, kindle, & you might still find a copy in hardback out there too). Here’s a recent review of Poseidon’s Steed from Clare at Learn to Dive […]


Fact checking the 60 Minutes segment on Gardens of the Queen

60 Minutes ran a really great piece on Jardines de la Reina or Gardens of the Queen (GQ), last night.  GQ is a spectacular reef off of Cuba’s south coast with abundant predators including goliath and black grouper and Caribbean reef sharks. My PhD student Abel Valdivia (seen in the video above) is from Cuba and GQ […]


Penguin Seduction

GoPro HD Hero camera + fuzzy hat as “decoy” + curious penguin = He got especially involved when I started building a pebble nest for the camera. Male Adelie penguins woo the ladies by bringing pebbles for their nests… this one started picking up the pebbles close to the camera with his beak, and plopping […]


Jackson the elephant seal takes an 18000 mile stroll

Legend has it that back in ancient Greece, some guy named Pheidippides ran 27 miles (technically 26 miles and 385 yards) to alert his general that the Persians had been defeated at the battle of Marathon. Then he dropped dead from the exertion. He was of course considered a hero and the run is immortalized […]


Polar bears debate causes of climate change

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Our Blue

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Where’s the #climatechange coverage HuffPost?!


Whale Falls: A Blubbery Oasis

In the spirit of the holiday season, let us consider the gift that really keeps on giving: dead whales! Okay, now before you get any big ideas, I’m talking about whales that have died naturally and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. These “whale falls” are a true oasis on the dark sea floor, […]


Paul Greenberg on GM salmon

Paul “four fish” Greenberg testified before congress yesterday about the dangers of genetically modified (GM) salmon. I am generally not nearly as concerned about GM crops and food as most enviros, but I’d rather not see people modifying wild organisms and then releasing them back into the wild.  Below are a few exerpts from Paul’s […]


The climate conversation

There has been a big conversation in the climate-o-sphere over the last week or two about what we need to do – or can do – about greenhouse gas emissions.  I don’t agree with a lot of the points people have made, but it certainly got me thinking.  Start here with Andy Revkin and Naomi […]


Where’s the #climatechange coverage?!

Seriously, so much is happening in the climate change world; scientific advancements, thoughtful policy debates about the choice we are facing, even some more funny stuff from the Onion.  But you wouldn’t know any of that based on the coverage in the LSM. This is a wordle of the front page of today’s online edition […]


Climate change driven seaweed range shifts

There is a really neat new paper on species range shifts in response to global warming in Current Biology (Wernberg et al 2011).  The authors used an exquisite online database of >20,000 herbarium records of macroalgae collected in Australia since the 1940s to assess changes in the northern range limits of seaweed. On both Australia’s west and east […]


Helen Scales’ five ocean books

To continue our new series BOOK HOOK here’s my top five sea reads, which come courtesy of The Browser who recently gave me the delicious task of  picking my top 5 books about the ocean – a perfect challenge to set an ocean fanatic/writer like myself. The only trouble I had was narrowing down to JUST FIVE […]


What a wonderful world

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8WHKRzkCOY[/youtube] Happy Holidays — from Planet Earth


Correction to Grist/TNC piece on coral bleaching

In a Grist repost of a TNC interview with Joanne Wilson, Robert Lalasz asks: You found less coral bleaching on this expedition than you’d thought you would. How significant is that finding? Should we be less worried about coral bleaching than we were before? Joanne Wilson: Coral bleaching occurs when water temperatures are warmer than normal […]


A warming climate takes its toll on the polar bears of Hudson Bay

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/17469748[/vimeo] I got to spend some time with Dan in Churchill this year.  He took us out polar bear watching via passenger van, he mentored me about the new line of Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras, he seems to know everything about this environment and travels the world as a photojournalist and guide.