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 my quest… Read moreVoyage of The Blue Dragon
In the case of the sunflower star, losing one key species can change the entire ecosystem. By Drew Harvell and Joseph K. Gaydos Special to The Seattle Times, see original OpEd posting on their website here Starfish don’t have big eyes and long… 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.
Monday—We are keeping up the bruising pace of working group meetings all morning, site surveys in the afternoon and reconvening for working group meetings in the evening. We have successfully sketched out a plan for ANCHoR (Action Network for Coral Health… Read moreDay 5,6 Pelagics and Trouble in Paradise
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!
Friday— Another day, another adventure. Having survived the night with the forest and cabin full of cane spiders, we had a pretty uneventful day. A rather packed morning of fantastic talks about coral disease in the Pacific, highlighting the phenomenal progress… Read moreEnds of the Earth, Palmyra Atoll, Day 2 and 3
Where do you need to go to find pristine coral reefs, intact apex predators, including sharks? One answer is Palmyra Atoll, about 2.5 hours Southwest of Hawaii by charter jet. I’ve heard for years how wonderful Palmyra Atoll is and particularly, the… Read moreEnds of the Earth, Palmyra Atoll