Discoveries in ocean biodiversity ruled the 19th century. Circa 1890, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka were rapidly crafting astounding masterpieces in glass, with an eventual output of over 10,000 models. In my book, A Sea of Glass, I chronicle… Read moreVoyage of The Blue Dragon
The sunflower star is the Salish Sea’s fastest and largest sea star, often reaching 4 feet across, weighing up to 11 pounds and having up to 24 arms. (courtesy of… Read moreAs sunflower stars go, so goes the health of our seas
Just published in Science Advances: new data showing catastrophic crash in the once common sunflower starfish due to a continental scale disease outbreak. Check it out here. Also see commentary in The Atlantic.
Sunday– Getting tough to keep up with the Blog. Joanne Wilson and Eric Conklin are really cracking the whip, keeping us working long into the night, drafting a plan. But, we did get to the North Beach Forereef and as… Read moreDay 4 SHARKS and Snails!
I just finished teaching my Marine Invertebrate Biodiversity course at Shoals Marine Lab. This year’s 3 week course was the best-ever, largely because of the very enthusiastic crew of students. This year, our quest to find the most phyla was… Read moreInvertebrate Biodiversity at Shoals