Help with Prey ID

Long time no post, I know.  The main reason for that has been the sheer amount of field work I’ve found myself involved with this semester, all of which somehow came to a head in the past month.  On the bright side, now that I’m…

Winter of the Shark: It Pays to Know People

This past weekend marked a new venture into shark-related field work.  For the better part of two months I’ve been fighting the good fight to keep ECU’s acoustic array up off of Cape Hatteras, and last Friday and Saturday finally managed to actually play with…

Age and Growth

As you may have seen on Southern Fried Science, I and three other more-than-deserving bloggers have been pulled up to the big leagues.  I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to contributing to what has been one of my favorite places on the internet. …

Happy Birthday to The Blog

Posting may have slowed a bit, but this blog has managed to stay up and swimming for three years as of yesterday.  In that time, I’ve made 290 posts, gotten 57,320 page views (roughly equivalent to a slow week at Deep Sea News, but I’ll…

Adventures in Acoustic Telemetry

One of the reasons posting has been so sparse lately is that I’ve been busy putting gear together, scheduling, breathlessly paying attention to the weather, and finally getting out on the water to work on the acoustic array off of Cape Hatteras.  This array has…

Spiny Dogfish Ecotourism?

One of the biggest challenges in conservation has been making the continued existence of a species or environment worth more than its value as food, real estate, or any other consumptive use.  Like it or not, some policymakers and populations will not  be convinced without…

Predation

A quick look around this blog will tell you that I’m very interested in fish eating other fish.  My Master’s research was on the feeding habits of spiny dogfish, and I’ve tried to keep up with the literature on shark-related predation ever since.  It turns…

Big Moves Proposed in U.S. Shark Management

It’s been quite the week for sharks and the fisheries that target them.  First, ICCAT managed to disappoint on shark management (largely through the actions of Canada of all places) but finally started following scientific advice on bluefin tuna quotas.  Then, in better news, the…

Misunderstanding and Abusing Ecosystem-based Management

That ever-reliable settler of internet arguments, Wikipedia, defines ecosystem-based management as “an environmental management approach that recognizes the full array of interactions within an ecosystem.”  At heart, this type of management is supposed to keep all the cogs of an ecosystem moving so we can…

Still Swimming

Well, that was an entirely unintentional month off.  Apologies to those checking for regular updates (especially since I hinted they would be coming in the last post… on October 18th).  I won’t dodge the issue: I’ve officially hit the rough part of being a grad…