Howdy, thanks for dropping by. Here you will find pretty pictures of nature, ecological musings, and meditations on reading and writing speculative fiction.


April 3, 2018 – I have just been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship! I’m looking forward to putting it to good use studying the subtidal ecology of the Oregon Coast.

March 18, 2018 – I have official accepted an offer to join the Coastal Trophic Ecology Lab at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (University of Oregon) for a PhD program in the fall!

February 21, 2018 – I’ve recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences! This week I’ll be attending my first board meeting, held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

February 7, 2018  – This week I’m off to the IOOS Biological Data Training workshop in Seattle. We’ll be learning the nuts and bolts of contributing data to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), a powerful crowd-sourced biodiversity database. You can check out their really cool mapping tool here.

January 20, 2018  – Today I’ll be giving a talk at the Baltimore Dive Show about scientific diving and the MarineGEO program. Looking forward to seeing members of the Black Girls Dive Foundation in the audience!

December 11, 2017 – I’ve started cobbling together an electronic lab notebook (ELN) online using exclusively open-source software including Hugo, Git, and the blogdown package in R. You can find it at my notebook website here.

November 17, 2017 – This month I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Will I write 50,000 words in 30 days? Follow my NaNo updates on Twitter. You can also track my progress with the word count widget on my blog page.

October 31, 2017 – This week I’m off to DEMA (The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association trade show) in Orlando to catch up on the latest in dive training, equipment, and safety.

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Every month I’ll post an exciting open-source paper related to marine ecology. I’ll also post a work of speculative fiction to keep the creative juices flowing….

And the paper and story for March 2018 are:

Trophic redundancy reduces vulnerability to extinction cascades by Sanders et al.
The more complex your food web is, the more resistant to extinction events it is.

Logistics by A.J. Fitzwater
When the world is crumbling around you, and all you want are personal hygiene products.

See previous papers and stories of the month