Sea otter voyeurs! a window on a Monterey Bay coastal research preserve
Oct25

Sea otter voyeurs! a window on a Monterey Bay coastal research preserve

Otter-cam peers into protected Elkhorn Slough The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is perhaps the most charismatic of megafauna. It holds hands with its fellows as it backfloats on the waves, paddling idly with a foot, and tows its babies around in an almost cartoonishly adorable furry embrace. It uses tools to crack the open its shellfish meals and tumbles like a circus contortionist in relentless pursuit of clean (prerequisite of warm)...

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ESA donates $16,615 in carbon offsets to Minnesota re-forestation project
Oct04

ESA donates $16,615 in carbon offsets to Minnesota re-forestation project

by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Two years ago, Lee Frelich was sitting in a committee meeting when the idea came to him: the Ecological Society should plant a forest. Frelich, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology, served as the local host for this year’s (2013) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two years ago he was already embedded in meetings of the Meetings Committee, learning...

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How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.
Oct01

How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.

What level of education do US S&E workers have? How well do 8th graders score in math and science? How often do parents help their kids with homework? All this and more in a new data collection from the National Science Board. The U.S. National Science Board (NSB) released a synopsis of data and trends for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education last week. The graphical tool organizes summary charts and...

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So you want to be a (science) policy wonk?
Sep26

So you want to be a (science) policy wonk?

You don’t have to work for free. Over at policy blog The Duck of Minerva, Kate Kidder, a doctoral candidate in security studies, has offered some advice to aspiring policy wonks. Washington, DC is all about personal connections, and to build them, Kidder says, you will need an internship – probably an unpaid internship. As in many fields, long hours and menial labor are expected. The intellectuals at Crooked Timber thought her...

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Female tiger sharks migrate from Northwestern to Main Hawaiian Islands during fall pupping season
Sep06

Female tiger sharks migrate from Northwestern to Main Hawaiian Islands during fall pupping season

A partial migration of adult female tiger sharks coincides with pupping season and the months of increased incidences of shark bite in Hawaii, according to new reseach out of Hawaii’s Shark Lab, in preprint in ESA’s journal Ecology. by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer A quarter of the mature female tiger sharks plying the waters around the remote coral atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands decamp for the populated...

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