September 20, 2019
  • 10:13 am How many species are in the deep sea?
  • 4:10 am A Reason to Celebrate
  • 6:11 pm The lingering and extreme impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the deep sea
  • 7:24 am Urbanization and its global consequences
  • 8:39 am Red Tide Recollections
How many species are in the deep sea?

In the beginning, people mused the expansive oceans contained but a handful of organisms.  This idea started with Pliny the Elder, who lived in the first century AD. He wrote that there were only 176 species in the entirety of the ocean.  This was four less than Aristotle had already found, counted, and documented in […]

A Reason to Celebrate

It’s good to have a reason to celebrate. The Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act (H.R. 205) bill introduced by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) secured bipartisan support in the House of Representatives to permanently ban offshore oil and gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Although this bill still […]

The lingering and extreme impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the deep sea

A worker’s boot at nearly 2 kilometers deep. From the darkness emerges a boot. An old leather, steel-toed, work boot. It shouldn’t be there resting on the seafloor nearly two kilometers deep. I’m speachless. Even knowin this was going to be one of the toughest dives of my career, I’m still not prepared. Seven years […]

Red Tide Recollections

“If we can identify what we are doing wrong, then maybe we can identify what we can do right.” – Captain Casey Streeter, Matlacha, Lee County – Commercial Fisherman and Owner-Operator of Island Seafood Market In 2018, Florida experienced one of the worst red tide events in state history. At its peak, blooms spanned nearly […]

You are what you eat! Using bad boy carbons to understand food webs

Remember all the details about the periodic table from high school chemistry?  Yeah, me neither.  Don’t worry – we will get through this together. Let’s focus on carbon.  Carbon is the building-block of all organic (i.e., living) things, so it’s kind of a big deal. All the other elements are a little bit jealous. Okay, […]

Ocean Planning Takes a Village

Our ocean is mind-bogglingly vast. It covers nearly 140 MILLION square miles of our Earth’s surface. That’s roughly 35 times the size of the United States! Our coastlines, on the other hand, are much smaller—and getting more crowded every year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), almost half of the U.S. population […]

Don’t be shallow. A tale of subsurface microplastics and the processes that transport them.

One thing you should know about me is that I am from New York and I am half Italian. That means when I like something, I get highly animated about it. In person, I’ll start waving my arms around wildly to gesticulate my inner excitement. In writing, I will often use all caps and multiple […]

The Slimmer Skimmer: An end to harmful fisheries subsidies may be coming soon – and that could help a marine ecosystem near you

Editor’s note: The Slimmer Skimmer is a new feature to give a brief update on a topic critical to marine ecosystem management. We are starting off our Slimmer Skimmer series with one of fisheries subsidies. The World Trade Organization is currently working to make an end-of-the year deadline (their own, as well as one for […]

A Heartbreaking Dive in the Florida Keys

For most of my life, the Florida Keys has been one of those “safe” places for me. Like those old, holey, worn out jeans you always reach for because they’re so comfortable, so the Keys are for me. This paradise is just far enough away from home to be a true road trip. This is […]

The Beauty of Rarity

Legend has it that Saint Patrick gave a four-leaf clover to a group of his followers; the fourth leaf put there by God to bring luck. St. Patrick believed the first three leaves represented hope, faith, and love. While the actual probability of finding a four-leaf clover is unclear, at best, it may be 1 […]