Stargazing at Sea – Sparkly Night Shows Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

Sometimes working the night shift has sparkly benefits! Lately, we have been going outside on deck at night to take advantage of most of the lights being off during our transit across the Southern Ocean and Tasman Sea, from Australia to New Zealand. The stargazing has been great, with beautiful starry skies ✨ and an easily visible Milky Way galaxy spreading across the sky – things that are difficult to see when you live in...…

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3407 nautical miles – how do we get to New Zealand?

While we are still transiting from Fremantle to New Zealand, I got curious about navigation. How is the course planned? How do weather and ocean currents affect plotting a course? How has technology changed the way ships are navigated around the ocean? Thankfully, Second Mate Edmund Ancheta was kind enough to answer my questions again. His responses are paraphrased below. What are the different ways the ship’s track is planned and followed? The passage undertaken by...…

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Women in Science: Bernadette Conant

By Sarah Boon, PhD At 55 years of age, Bernadette Conant frequently tells people, "I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up."  It’s the same feeling she’s had since high school. "Like many teenagers, I didn’t really know what I wanted to pursue either in university or in life," she says. "I was interested in concrete, tangible topics like biology, chemistry, and geology, and found math, physics, and English too…

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What Trees Talk About features the excellent research of Canadian ecologists

I'm always thrilled when one of my colleagues contacts me, to alert me to their research hitting the mainstream media. On November 26th, 2017, CBC's Nature of Things, which is  introduced by Dr. David Suzuki, broadcast an absolutely fabulous documentary on the ecology of Canada's boreal forest: What Trees Talk About. I loved the programme […]

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Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Every day, thousands of people around Lake Ontario connect with their piece of the watershed. They swim and paddle and hike and explore popular and unknown places that are unique to this Great Lake. Sometimes, they find natural wonders. Other times, they find pollution and loss. Fuelled by love for the lake or a desire for environmental justice, people take action to protect the lake they love and need. Their actions shape life on the…

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Amphibians are tougher than we think

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about a dream of mine that came true – seeing the gorgeous tree frog Cruziohyla craspedopus in the wild. Even after numerous trips to Ecuador I still consider it one of the best moments I have experienced in the outdoors. Fast forward to this week, I am excited to present a new paper I published about these frogs in Herpetology Notes. Juvenile fringe tree frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus) To…

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