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


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.

October 2, 2017 – Tomorrow (October 3rd), The Ocean Portal will stream live from the Smithsonian’s Carrie Bow Cay field station at 12PT, 3ET. We’ll be there to answer questions and show you what life for a marine biologist on a tiny tropical island is like. Join the conversation here!

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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 February 2018 are:

Indirect effects and prey behavior mediate interactions between an endangered prey and recovering predator by Lee et al.
Sea otters are returning to the Canadian Pacific Coast, but what does that mean for populations of endangered abalone?

The New Atlantis by Ursula K. Le Guin
The recently-departed Ursula K. Le Guin was a giant of science fiction. Here is one of her more recent short stories that imagines a world destroyed, yet still full of hope.

See previous papers and stories of the month