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


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!

September 26, 2017 – For the next two weeks I’ll be conducting research at the Smithsonian’s Carrie Bow Cay Field Station in Belize! I’ll be tweeting photos, and The Ocean Portal will live-stream a day-in-the-life at Carrie Bow on Facebook early next week. Follow them here to watch and ask questions!

September 10, 2017 – I’m off to the American Academy of Underwater Sciences Symposium at the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan this week. Photos of shipwrecks coming shortly.

September 8, 2017 – Some of my photos were featured in a Smithsonian Insider article about the importance of biodiversity and new research that reveals just how important it is for healthy ecosystems. Check them out 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 December 2017 are:

Glacial dropstones: islands enhancing seafloor species richness of benthic megafauna in West Antarctic Peninsula fjords by Ziegler et al.
Do tenets of island biogeography hold in the deep waters of the Antarctic? This study explores communities that form around stones deposited on the ocean floor by glaciers as they melt.

‘Tis the Season by China Miéville
What would happen if Christmas was privatized? A father and daughter fight their way through a jumble of festive protesters to attend an exclusive ChristmasTM party.

See previous papers and stories of the month