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February 13, 2019 – This week I spent two days at the Oregon Coast Aquarium training to become an Oregon Marine Reserve survey diver! With any luck I’ll be out in the field counting fish, invertebrates, and algae at one of the five coastal reserves very soon.

January 24, 2019 – My photo of a sunflower star in a British Columbia seagrass meadow is featured on the cover of Ecosphere this month!

November 16, 2018 – The work I did on invertebrate metacommunities in seagrass meadows as a Masters student has just been published in Ecosphere! Find the open access article here.

November 8, 2018 – I’m in Tacoma, Washington this weekend for the Western Society of Naturalists Conference. I’ll be representing AAUS at a table in the Rotunda, so come by and say ‘hi’!

October 11, 2018 – This week I’m in Lake Tahoe for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences Annual Symposium. About 140 participants from all around the world are gathering to share their scientific diving knowledge and expertise!

September 17, 2018 – Today is my first unofficial day in the CTEL Lab! I’m looking forward to exploring kelp forest ecology of the Oregon Coast for the next several years.

July 22, 2018 – Tomorrow I leave for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) to participate in the joint Polar Knowledge, OceanWise, and MarineGEO #MarineGEOArctic 2018 campaign! We will conduct biodiversity collections, Reef Life Survey SCUBA surveys, and deploy Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) for later collection. Follow updates from my Twitter account.

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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 2019 are:

Disease epidemic and a marine heat wave are associated with the continental-scale collapse of a pivotal predator (Pycnopodia helianthoides)  by Harvell et al.
A comprehensive overview of the terrible impacts of seastar wasting disease on the North American West Coast.

Satellite by Elaine Edwards 
Helen is going to the moon, but will she make it back?

See previous papers and stories of the month