When I say I am going on research cruise, I get two responses. 1. “Well that sounds nice, do they serve cocktails and is there shuffleboard?” 2. “How much a day does a ship cost?” In response to one, I do enjoy working at sea. If I didn’t I would be on fast track to . . . → Read More: I Got 99 Problems and a Ship Ain’t One
I finally made it to Lake Placid. Yes, after a 6 hour drive drinking iced coffee and belting out some Gaga, I’m super excited to be here. This week, I am one of 35 scientists selected to attend a National Science Foundation “Ideas Lab” focused on Advancing and Visualizing the Tree of Life (AVAToL). The . . . → Read More: NSF Ideas Lab on Advancing and Visualizing the Tree of Life
YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. As part of the Youcut project, Representatives Adrian Smith and Eric Cantor earlier this . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Public Funding of Science
At the next conference, symposium or faculty meeting you attend take a good look at the landscape around you. Are the halls dotted with a variety of trees or are you drowning in a sea of monotony? As a marine ecologist I am trained to measure diversity. Diversity has many attributes and consequences. Biodiversity is . . . → Read More: Minorities in Marine Biology: The Dearth of Black Professors
Newsweek has a great write up about how independent scientific queries into the Gulf of Mexico are being squashed. Only are few scientists were able to benefit from the National Science Foundation’s 10.2 million dollars in the rapid response research program and conduct independent research. Most research is being conducted by those funded by BP . . . → Read More: Is Science on the Gulf Oil Spill Skewed?
In 2008, I wrote that about a paper by Chan et al. in Science examining the anoxic zone emerging off the Oregon coast. It was the first study to quantitatively assess the condition. Chan et al. found that from 2000-2005, hypoxic (low oxygen conditions) extended to shallow water but always remained above 0.5 ml/L. In . . . → Read More: Dead Zones Are Here To Stay