There is a simple, sturdy, glass covered wooden table, approximately 8’ x 3 ½’, located in the library of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institution. It has been the center of Christmas parties, retirement parties, birthdays, Alex Wetmore’s 88th birthday party (former Smithsonian Institution Secretary and ornithologist), at least one baby shower, and … Continue reading Mundane table hosts great minds—Eight days in the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds
It’s happening right now, all around you. And unless we start doing something about it, something serious and meaningful on a global scale, it’s going to get a lot worse. The eminent biologist E.O. Wilson thinks that we could loose 1/2 of the species on Earth by the end of the century. Unfortunately, he’s one … Continue reading The Sixth Great Extinction
Today, the US government told Americans to eat less, but eat more seafood! The US Department of Agriculture announced new dietary guidelines to help Americans make healthier food choices. Their main recommendation was to encourage the two thirds of Americans that are overweight to eat less food, and focus on eating nutrient-dense food like vegetables, … Continue reading Eat less, but eat more seafood!
The application period for the 2011 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants program in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology is now open. Applications are due April 1st. Good luck! Click here to view learn more about the program and view the application guidelines.
There is a beautiful new sculpture exhibit near Cancun, Mexico. It features 400 sculptures depicting people in different emotional states and is called “The Silent Evolution.” The catch? It is all underwater. The sculpture garden is the start of an underwater museum meant to give SCUBA divers something to look at besides the fragile coral … Continue reading Art and the Ocean
It doesn’t make much sense on the face of it, but that is what could be happening to our climate right now. It will be a few years before the research is conclusive, but it looks like the crazy weather we’ve been having recently in the States may be due to global warming, particularly in … Continue reading Global warming => Colder winters?
Courtesy National Oil Spill Commission On June 13, 2010 I graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor of science in Environmental Biology and Management. Two days later President Obama described the BP oil spill as “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” I studied environmental issues for four years, and the moment I graduated … Continue reading My one-sided, long distance relationship with an Environmental Disaster
The oceans are my first love. I work for a marine conservation organization, SCUBA dive, and try to spend as much time near water as possible. I was lucky, though, because I was born and raised in a city near the ocean. Growing up, my family would spend weeks at my grandparent’s house on Whidbey … Continue reading How do you make people care about the oceans?
photo: NOAA Marine debris has become one of the most widespread pollution problems affecting the world’s oceans and waterways. A recent study by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation found human debris in all five major ocean gyres (including the well-known Pacific Garbage Patch) http://www.5gyres.org/. Research has proven that debris has serious effects on the marine … Continue reading Do Your Part in Reducing Marine Debris
The new year brings many changes. This is my last week as the Ocean Policy Fellow at MCBI – I’m sad to leave all the great people I’ve met here over the last 5 months, but I’m leaving with a renewed sense of commitment to protecting our oceans and know that the incoming Fellow is … Continue reading Social Networking: What we can learn from Hermit Crabs