Category Archives: Environment

The More We Observe, the More Problems, and Solutions, We Find

Here’s an article by Stephanie Ogburn for E&E about a recent essay in Nature Climate Change on mesophotic coral reefs.  The main thrust of the essay is that these deeper water reefs may act as some kind of rescue source … Continue reading

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Powerful Photos and Essays on the Marine Environment

Marine Photobank is an excellent resource for images of the ocean and of marine conservation issues in particular.  They have just announced the winners of their photo/essay contest and the results are beautiful, alarming and very powerful.  Check them out … Continue reading

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Technology and People and Sea Turtle Conservation

This article in Andy Revkin’s dotEarth column and the associated video on sea turtle conservation in Mexico, which features the work of my friends Wallace J. Nichols and Jesse Senko, is a nice illustration of how intensive social engagement, new … Continue reading

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Animals as Observers

There is a nice Op-Ed piece in The New York Times by science writer Emily Anthes on the use of remote tags to track animals and their behaviors.   Built around the story of 832F, a radio collared female wolf who … Continue reading

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Citizen Science on the Coast

In Observation and Ecology, we write a bunch about the observations of people outside of academia and how they are contributing to new scientific discoveries and ongoing scientific efforts.  These observers may be traditional knowledge holders–who have passed down knowledge … Continue reading

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Overcoming Bias, Making New Discoveries

Also published January 10, 2013 on Island Press Field Notes blog. Some of the best science stories seem to emerge in a three step process.  Step 1: Someone points out an error in your thinking, or you can’t let go … Continue reading

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A Manifesto for the Solstice

The wonderful and amazing naturalist and teacher, Tom Fleischner, forwarded this blog post his students at Prescott College put together.  If you love nature and strive for a holistic, social-ecological worldview, you should know about Prescott.  Tom is the lead … Continue reading

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