The Shark Lady

In my camp, starting tomorrow is our Shark Week! Dun, dun, dun! All day, every day, each grade will learn about all things sharks (and a little about rays, their close relatives. Because why not? Rays deserve love too!). We are all really excited – kids and adults. This week filled up the quickest, months... Continue Reading →

Biodiversity Jenga

True to form, I missed an important day while being busy with this annoying thing called every day life. Last week was World Biodiversity Day. However, such an important topic deserves to be talked about more than on just one day! What exactly is biodiversity? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Bio = life,... Continue Reading →

Fiercely Threatened

So fierce! Or so the movies would tell you. In fact, Carcharhinus plumbeus, or sandbar sharks (sometimes also called brown or thickskin sharks) are typically very calm. If you were to be in the water with them, they’d likely ignore you or more likely immediately swim away from you. In fact, that’s what pretty much... Continue Reading →

Large and in Charge on the Endangered List

Last Friday was Endangered Species Day here in the U.S. (maybe elsewhere too, but for sure here). Sadly, as of the beginning of 2019, about 98,500 species of animals and plants are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List (aka, the IUCN Red List as it most commonly referred to). Some of... Continue Reading →

The Boiling Hot Deep

Yes, I just used the term ‘boiling hot’ to describe the deep ocean. And no, it is not a typo. While the vast majority of the deep ocean is indeed very cold, that is not true for its entirety. Along major ocean basins lie long series of underwater mountains, or ridges. Along these ridges scientists... Continue Reading →

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Not all sand is created equal. Depending on the location of the beach or dessert, it can be made from a wide variety of materials and in as many different processes. Sand can be made of quartz, basalt, garnet, silica, olivine, glass, coral, and more. It can be made from wind or water currents eroding... Continue Reading →

Ghosts of Elkorn Coral Past

To round out my posts about coral disease, I thought I would choose a disease that hits close to home for the United States, and is one we do know a *bit* about. The paper I am summarizing today also happens to be co-authored by one of my favorite graduate professors, so shout-out to Dr.... Continue Reading →

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