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


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!

July 24, 2017 – Research I contributed to with collaborators at the Smithsonian has just been published here in Marine Ecology Progress Series. What can bioacoustics tell us about marine biodiversity?

July 21, 2017 – This week I’m off to Friday Harbor Labs to map seagrass with drones. Then I’ll be headed to the Hakai Institute for the first MarineGEO bioblitz of British Columbia’s Central Coast. Search #MarineGEOBC to follow along!

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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 October 2017 are:

Toward an Integration of Landscape and Food Web Ecology: The Dynamics of Spatially Subsidized Food Webs by Polis et al.
A classic paper on the role of connectivity between habitats and the ways those connections can alter the function of the ecosystem.

Tough Times All Over by Joe Abercrombie
An energetic and humorous race against the clock as a courier fights to deliver her parcel.

See previous papers and stories of the month