Source: A. Bachar They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” As cliche as it is, that phrase could not resonate more clearly for this visual learner than when I am flipping through a 10 lb. biology textbook full of thousands of words. I can read through pages and pages describing some ecological process . . . → Read More: From coast to canvas: The art of biological illustration
Underwater Rolly Pollie also known as Elasmopus levis.Source: Matt Whalen Amphipods and I, well, we have a love/hate relationship. I love them because, for all intents and purposes, they are the rolly pollies of the ocean. And come on…who doesn’t love rolly pollies!? However, when it comes to using these crusty critters in experiments, all . . . → Read More: Wranglin’ the Mighty Mesograzer
I guess it has just been an Anglerfish kind of week. Found this little ditty at work today and it made me giggle. May it inspire all of your friday night escapades. Source: Alex Warneke
The Head of the FP herself.Source: Wikimedia Commons We have a fashion emergency. White after labor day? No. Horizontal stripes? Not exactly. Wardrobe malfunction? Definitely No. Too much skin showing at the Grammys despite CBS’s best efforts to keep those scandalous celebs on the straight and narrow? No…oh wait….Yes…but not the example I was referring . . . → Read More: Quick! Someone call the Fashion Police.
Put your tentacles up and raise the sea level. It’s finally here! Compiling the Ocean’s Saltiest Hits, NOW That’s What I Call Music! DSN EDITION brings you 15 chart topping ocean science mash-ups. From School House Rock to LMFAO, salt marshes to coral reefs, these biologists drop their science with a whole sea full . . . → Read More: NOW That’s What I Call Music! DSN Edition
I was just thinking to myself the other day on how we needed more songs about the finer things in life like seagrass and amphipods. How did the scientific masterminds of the Zostera Marine Network (ZEN) know?!? Or maybe this is just what happens when you’ve been in the lab sorting epifauna samples too long. . . . → Read More: I’m a grazer baby.
Even though my first love will always be chemical ecology, I often find myself dabbling in the exotic realm of ecotoxicology. It’s kind of dangerous and sometimes sexy and I think that’s why I am drawn to it. Paracelsus is his name. Toxicology is his game.Source: WikimediaCommons For the most part, experiments in ecotox are . . . → Read More: Hormesis: Why drinking in moderation might actually improve your game
That’s pretty much the first question I ask myself when starting any sea beastie dissection. Sadly, I have yet to encounter a cream-filled critter, but I guess this is what happens when you shut down Hostess. Yep. I’m still bitter. It leads to a most-intriguing second question though…If not cream filling, what IS inside the . . . → Read More: Where’s the cream filling?
Source: Wikimedia Commons There is an ancient nautical proverb commonly passed down from generation to generation amongst members of the diving community. I do believe it goes a little something like this… “There are those that pee in their wetsuits and there are those that lie about it.” (I would actually even add a third . . . → Read More: A Pee Shanty
I have a confession….the musical genius that is “Thrift Shop” IS MY JAM. Yes… I turn it up to an ear shattering decibel EVERYTIME it comes on the radio. And yes…I even bust an awkward-car-confined dance move or two. Both actions most usually resulting in questionable side glares stemming from fellow motorists….But let’s be honest…they . . . → Read More: This is friggin’ awesome