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The Galapagos Tortoise: A conservation success story
It would seem that the Galapagos tortoise has been
officially declared a conservation success. This is lovely news- in the first
decade of the 20th century, there were few tortoises left on the islands and
researchers could find no active nests. In effect, ...

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Climate Change is not science**
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I'm a bit all-over-the-place about my interests, Marine research fosters this plurality because the marine world is huge and impactful- it touches everything. So I thought in this post I would talk abou...

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Maritime Music Traditions: Longing and Belonging near and on the ocean
When I write, I often listen to one genre on heavy rotation.
While I’m a pretty eclectic music lover overall, when writing in long
stretches, I most commonly turn to country. I grew up listening to country and
I find it calming. However, I’m not such a huge...

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Trashing the Oceans Part 2: Normalizing Human Pollution in the Marine Environment
My previous post was on the inclusion of certain types of
plastic pollution in the movie Finding Dory. Basically, the type of plastic
that we see as a problem is really a problem for the 80s and 90s. The problem
today is microplastics spreading throughout t...

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Finding Plastic: Images of the Plastisphere in Finding Dory Part 1
When I first saw the Finding Dory trailer, I knew I had to
see the movie.  There are, of course, a
million reasons that someone interested in the history and current study of the
marine environment would want to see a movie about a bunch of lovable talking

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Eat Lionfish!: saving our seas by consuming invasive species
Lionfish are a rapidly advancing invasive marine species. They eat juvenile fish, reducing the diversity and native fish population on some species by up to 95%. So, what to do with these creatures? As with all problems, my own personal answer involves food...

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Join us virtually for the Academy's first Women in Science Summit—a day-long exploration of issues surrounding women in a wide range of scientific fields. Featuring Sylvia Earle, Jane Goodall, Meg Lowman, Dawn Wright, Kate Clancy, Kathy Sullivan, and many more, the format will include keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, and Q&As. All attendees—including online participants—are encouraged to submit questions and comments. 
Live-streaming Event Schedule (listed in Pacific Time):

8:30 AM - Welcome Remarks — Meg Lowman, Heather Tallis, and Rita Mehta

8:45 AM - A Message from Jane Goodall (video)
Video welcome from legendary primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist Jane Goodall.

8:50 AM - Women in Science: The Data — Kate Clancy
Summary talk on the status of research about women in science.

9:10 AM - Perceptions of Gender in Science (Panel Discussion)
Speakers will discuss the value of gender diversity in science and share inspiration for navigating the challenges that negative perceptions can present. — Panelists: Jonathan Eisen, Emily Graslie, Shaila Kotadia, Ann Russell, Dawn Wright; moderated by Heather Tallis

10:40 AM Mothers’ Earth — Jane Lubchenco
Presentation by environmental scientist and marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, U.S. Department of State’s Science Envoy for the Ocean.

11:00 AM Know Your Allies (Panel Discussion)
Panelist will share stories about the importance of role models and mentors (and how to fill those roles well, whether ally, mentor, or mentee) and discuss ways to create better cultures of inclusivity. — Panelists: Jo Boaler, Rodolfo Dirzo, Liz Hadly, DC Randle, Tizezew Sisay; moderated by Rita Mehta

1:00 PM A Message from Kathy Sullivan (video)
Video presentation by Dr. Kathy Sullivan—geologist, oceanographer, former NASA astronaut, and current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

1:05 PM Women Explorers — Sylvia Earle
Presentation by National Geographic Explorer in Residence—and founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance—Dr. Sylvia Earle.

1:25 PM Building More-Inclusive Institutions (Panel Discussion)
Speakers will discuss the roles institutions can play in driving shifts toward great diversity in science, while speaking frankly about their own successes, failures, and next steps. — Panelists: Jane Lubchenco, Pam Matson, Karina Nielsen, Joan Roughgarden, Liz Taylor, Tom Lovejoy; moderated by Sue Rosser

3:00 PM The Courage to Escape — Dawn Wright
Presentation by Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute and Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University.

3:15 PM Perspectives from Academia — Pam Matson
Presentation by Stanford Dean of the School of Earth Sciences Pam Matson, whose work explores ways to reconcile the needs of people and the planet in the 21st century.

3:30 PM Networking, Negotiating, & Navigating Priorities (Panel Discussion)
Panelists share tools, strategies, frustrations, and practical advice related to navigating personal/professional priorities in work environments. — Panelists: Shannon Bennett, Sally Bingham, Carmen Domingo, Sue Rosser, Michelle Trautwein; moderated by Meg Lowman

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