Source: NOAA On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and I attended the 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting at the Department of Interior. This was an opportunity for concerned citizens and conservation groups to offer public comment on the federal government’s efforts to preserve coral reefs and their associated marine … Continue reading The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
Being a biologist requires me to think differently than most people. Most people are driven by questions such as: “How long will it take me to get downtown in this traffic?” “What do I not pay so I can make my rent this month?” “How’d we do versus our competition last quarter?” “What do I … Continue reading Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?
At first, it might seem as if humans’ desire to go into outer space is in competition with the idea that we should focus on exploring and benefiting from spaces on our own planet, such as our oceans. That’s probably true in a number of ways that are worth exploring in this blog. But there … Continue reading Outer space and inner space
To a lot of people, heroes are guys with big muscles who carry guns. Think Rambo and his more recent movie and video game look-alikes. Heroes prove themselves in battle. But today I’ve just learned that one of my real-life heroes—Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey—won’t be running for reelection. Perhaps I’m strange when it … Continue reading A hero for the oceans
Out on the seas there is a dangerous threat to fishing communities and fish themselves! That danger is IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing, or pirate fishing! Pirate fishing also uses un-regulated gear and non-safe fishing practices which can harm the sea floor and other marine creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, and birds. Specifically … Continue reading Pirates on the High Seas!
In the field, the lab, the library or the classroom, or a few times on a flower-festooned cliff overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, I learned about marine biology from professors, colleagues and friends in New York, California, Baja California and Sonora (Mexico), Florida, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Curacao, Iowa, Washington DC and the state of Washington. … Continue reading My teachers were real survivors
Sometimes people do things that just feel really good. This week the Marine Conservation Institute’s President Lance Morgan asked me to start blogging several days a week. For me that feels wonderful! Lance really understands what moves me. By training I’m a marine biologist. Never mind that my first two books were about forests. Now … Continue reading For starters