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 →

Liquid Earth

Simulated Sea Surface Rising As I discussed in my previous post, Teaching Tricky Topics, climate change can be a very tricky subject to teach. But rather than shy away from it, I recommend being strategic about it. By focusing only on the strictly scientific principles involved, using hands-on activities students can experience with their own... Continue Reading →

Bait and Switch

A few Saturdays ago, I spent the day out at a big community event all about environmental health. There were tons of vendors from every organization imaginable there all promoting simple changes that we can do to help keep our local habitats clean. At our booth, we were all about making sure plastic doesn’t get... Continue Reading →

Happy World Wildlife Day!

It’s not a holiday you may have heard about or celebrated before – but it’s one you should definitely add to your calendar nonetheless (and really, isn’t any excuse to party and celebrate a good one? 😉 ) When the United Nations signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and... Continue Reading →

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