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June 1, 2019 – We’ve returned to Oregon after an exciting two months in Antarctica! See some of the work we did in this video put together by graduate researcher Sabrina Heiser.

April 8, 2019 – We are officially on our way to Antarctica! Follow my Twitter account or our project blog to get the latest on our study of #AntarcticSeaweedGradients.

March 14, 2019 – The blog for our upcoming trip to Antarctica just went live! You can follow along as we explore seaweed gradients up and down the Antarctic Peninsula this April on our page at National Geographic Open Explorer.

February 26, 2019 – The stars have aligned and I was able to make it to the Pacific Northwest Dive Safety Officer meeting today hosted by the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Great to see dive professionals from all over the PNW representing academic institutions, aquariums, and government organizations!

February 22, 2019 – I’m in Orlando, FL this weekend for the AAUS spring board of director’s meeting. Lots of Academy business to take care of!

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!

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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 June 2019 are:

Coastal marine ecosystem connectivity: pelagic ocean to kelp forest subsidies  by Zuercher & Galloway
How important are fluxes of imported materials to supporting food webs in kelp forests?

Brita’s Holiday Village by Karin Tidbeck 
A writer seeks inspiration in the countryside, and finds a strange and surreal world populated by a mysterious family.

See previous papers and stories of the month