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 →

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 →

Gulf Coast Food Web

Looking for a quick time filler that reinforces food webs? Instead of the usual suspects of a land based web or the Antarctic, here is a South Gulf Coast based marine food web. I have it broken down by each animal and energy level. Just copy and paste into M.S. Word to make some quick... Continue Reading →

Shark Super Powers

This multi-part activity really dives deep into the ‘super powers’ of sharks! To survive and dominate in their marine habitat as top predators, over the millennia sharks have developed several unique superpowers, or as they are most commonly known as, adaptations 😉 This activity is a dynamic, hands-on way for students to explore several of... Continue Reading →

The Cure for Anything #2: Tears

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. Isak Dinesen Continuing on with the theme of self reflection, the second part of my favorite quote... Tears – This is the one I associate with passion and purpose. During the long hours of studying, the achy nights after work, the many missed... Continue Reading →

The Cure for Anything #1: Sweat

"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." Isak Dinesen The last few years, I have become increasingly aware of the imbalance within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) community. Without getting into the facts and stats quite yet, let's just say that women and girls are not exactly well... Continue Reading →

Coral – Plant? Animal? Mineral?

In honor of the recent buzz about coral reefs with Netlix’s newest documentary, Chasing Coral and various awareness weeks going around social media, I thought it would be the perfect topic for my first post! I really love corals, and I know I am not alone. Corals are some of the most popular marine organisms... Continue Reading →

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