“Land gyre” by jonny2love, labeled for resuse on Flickr. This is a post in appreciation of Blog for Action Day’s 2010 theme – Water. People are made mostly of water and thus we need to replenish ourselves, creating a voracious thirst. This is the thirst of nearly 6 billion people on this planet. We also . . . → Read More: The Disease of Plastic Water Bottles
This is a guest post by Chelsea Rochman. Chelsea is a doctoral student in ecotoxicology at University of California Davis and San Diego State University. “Oh NOOO!” you say, “Not another article about plastic in the ocean??? What can possibly be invisible about it?” We see plastic litter just about everywhere we go. However, what . . . → Read More: Guest Post: The Invisible Side of Plastic Marine Debris
As some of you may know, my graduate research is on plastic debris in the North Pacific Central Gyre. While I am deeply disturbed by the incredible amounts of plastic permeating our oceans, I also feel that taking a critical, scientific look at this issue is key to finding a solution. Misinformation on this issue . . . → Read More: “Recycled Island” not a cure for plastic trash in ocean
[cross-posted at the SEAPLEX blog] The romance of the sea, at least in my mind, is tied to the Age of Sail. This might be because of the inherent beauty of tall ships, or maybe because of a wee bit obsession with Patrick O’Brian’s “Master and Commander” novels (all 20 books, plus the glossary, plus . . . → Read More: Sometimes I Love My Job (Part II)
SSV Corwith Cramer The longest data series on plastic in the open sea was collected by the student-sailor-scientists of the Sea Education Association (SEA). SEA runs the Sea Semester, where undergraduate and high school students can learn oceanography, maritime history, and seamanship aboard one of two gorgeous tall ships, one in the Atlantic, one . . . → Read More: Journey to the North Atlantic Gyre with Plastics at SEA
Miriam was interviewed on Earth Sky Science about her research on plastic in the ocean! Great job Miriam, a nice mix of enthusiasm, information, composure and awesomeness! Way to be a scientist communicator.
Fig. 5 from Watters et al. (2010). “Examples of debris items observed from the Delta submersible during deep-water surveys on the seafloor off central and southern California: (a) monofilament fishing line in gorgonian corals off central California at 95 m (photo by M. Yoklavich); (b) gill net snagged on rock off southern California at 80 . . . → Read More: Taking Fish and Leaving Trash
Out of Science Online 2010 came many things, perhaps the best for Kevin and I is Miriam joining us from Oyster’s Garter. Let’s just say this shit just got real. If you don’t know how bad ass Miriam is then there is no help for you. Miriam not only developed Oyster’s Garter to be one . . . → Read More: Miriam Joins Us At DSN
Click on picture to go to the CA Coastal Cleanup Day homepage. In 18 days it will be the 25th anniversary of the California Coastal Cleanup Day. If you need a reason to participate, conservationist J. Nichols gives us reason #1: “Once I put a plastic bag into a jar of water and passed it . . . → Read More: Reminder: California Coastal Cleanup Day
Kudos to Chief Scientist Goldstein for the great interview on NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow today. Be sure to listen to the 6 min. interview. This expedition has arguably done one of the best jobs at public outreach. Leave it to a bunch of grad students to set the bar high! Want to know . . . → Read More: SEAPLEX on NPR Science Friday!