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After several years of working on this project alongside fantastic people at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Conservation International Hawaii, and with the cooperation of numerous stakeholders in Hawaii’s fishing and ocean community, our manuscript titled Follow that fish: Uncovering the hidden blue economy of coral reef fisheries was published in PLoS ONE… Continue reading New Publication on Hawaii’s Coral Reef Fishery
One of my favorite parts of teaching this semester was bringing my students on site visits in the field. Spending time in nature was good for us (Kaplan 1995) and it provided a nice break from the routine of lecture. I put strong emphasis on the importance of our field trips because I truly think… Continue reading The importance of field trips in environmental science
On March 6th I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2017 Lewis Thomas Prize For Writing About Science presentation and lecture by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Her lecture was engaging as always and she is such an inspiration of mine. The incredible list of her achievements in science, engineering, conservation, and advocacy is… Continue reading Dr. Sylvia Earle: 2017 Lewis Thomas Prize
Last week, Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was scheduled to give a public talk at Nassau Community College. I was able to arrange to have her guest lecture my class in the morning before the public lecture, and it was a great experience for my students. Gina McCarthy’s personal history of starting… Continue reading Gina McCarthy Guest Lecture
I’m teaching environmental science at Nassau Community College this semester and planned a lab to really help my students understand the problems associated with ocean plastics. I started the lab with a 30 minute lecture on ocean currents and gyres, marine debris, and albatross biology. Next, we watched the documentary “The Smog of the Sea”,… Continue reading Marine debris from the bird’s mouth: Albatross bolus dissection lab