I’ve always been a big fan of science communication and the ability to tell compelling stories through alternate forms of media- especially video. Gloop, by…View More GLOOP.
This is a guest post by Chelsea Rochman. Chelsea is a post-doc at the University of California Davis. This is her fourth guest post at DSN, and the first one…View More A story about fish, plastic debris and sex
When you think of terrifying monsters that might inhabit the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, what do you think of? Mutant sharks? Pissed-off squid? Rabid barnacles? (Well,…View More The scariest inhabitant of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not what you think
You may have heard me say it once, and I’ll say it again: the oceans are a toilet bowl for our waste. Throughout history, our solution to pollution has oftentimes been “dilution”. As a consequence, chemical pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans as a result of industrialization, waste-management strategies (and/or lack thereof), natural disasters, etc….
As such, it becomes my job to try and solve this mystery and basically play detective on the open sea. What puzzle am I trying to unravel? Well, I’ll warn you, it’s a trashy one…View More Guest post: Playing Detective in the Great Blue Sea
Like the lovely PGP (Pacific Garbage Patch), this has just been a plastic filled week… and it’s only Tuesday! To join in on all the…View More The Majestic Plastic Bag
The long and windy path to a Ph.D. is lined with blood, sweat and tears. Like a roller coaster, it can be filled with joy, anxiety, fear and even nausea. This story is regarding one chapter of my dissertation, one that filled me with all these emotions and lead me to the conclusion that even in science, sh%* happens. But in this story, what we could not control lead us to better scientific conclusions with greater environmental realism. Due to what may seem like an experimental shortcoming, we were able to answer an important “so what?” question related to plastic marine debris.View More Guest post: The invisible consequences of mistaking plastic for dinner
Nobody ever told me that becoming a marine biologist would involve spending four years figuring out how to count. Because, seriously, how hard can counting…View More How do you figure out how much plastic is in the ocean?
I’ve been temporarily released from my social media silence to talk about my latest paper, which is published in the open-access journal PeerJ. So first of…View More Behind the scenes: plastic-eating barnacles in the North Pacific Gyre
So I wanted to explore some new territory in honor of cocktail week. Below is my first attempt at an infographic explaining a subject near…View More The Dirtiest of Martinis
I’ve been mostly absent from the internets lately (with the exception of my very favorite procrastination method, Twitter), but I have 250 pages of a…View More Invitation to my doctoral defense