Author Archives: Sam

Πолярник

I learned a new word this week: полярник, polyarnik, which is Russian and translates roughly as “polar explorer.” This word, along with another set of interesting thoughts on dedication to science and the polar regions, comes from a beautiful photo … Continue reading

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Not Another Film About Penguins

I am currently experiencing mild-to-moderate Antarctica envy. In addition to the continuing STRES cruise, some friends from the Lynch Lab are on their way south as well, to study various aspects of Pygoscelis penguin populations. So last night I watched … Continue reading

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Follow the S.T.R.E.S. Cruise in Antarctica

Speaking of end-of-semester stress…there happens to a better kind going on right now, as well: the Seasonal Trophic Roles of Euphausia superba (S.T.R.E.S) Cruise. My lab’s Fearless Leader is currently aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer in Antarctica, on a … Continue reading

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Get Off The Altar

Last week, the New York Times Magazine published a show-stopping piece by Veronique Greenwood about her great-great aunt, Marguerite Perey. Perey worked in the Paris lab of M. and Mme. Curie, where she discovered the element now known as Francium. … Continue reading

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RIP, Mike Nichols

I just heard that Mike Nichols, the great film director, has died. While perhaps best known for his masterpiece The Graduate, we should not forget his other masterpiece: Yes, Day of the Dolphin, the movie where George C. Scott teaches … Continue reading

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Does this thing still work?

By gum, I think it does! It’s been a while, internet…but I am getting the blog back together. And I have things to write about. Stay tuned…

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Bluefish Escabeche

Today after work, I left Stony Brook’s Southampton campus (where the ALES Lab is headquartered) and drove 15 minutes to the end of the eastern spit separating Shinnecock Bay from the ocean, to go fishing. This is one of the … Continue reading

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Nor’wester and Upwelling off California

Catching up with the blogs today, I saw that Cliff Mass had written about a big windstorm that hit California on Monday. Unusually for big storms on the California coast, the winds in this one were from the northwest. Through … Continue reading

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Shenandoah

Via my friend (and former shipmate, aboard a houseboat on Portage Bay in Seattle) Emily, Tom Waits and Keith Richards join forces to just kill it on what may be my favorite sea chantey: If you like the sound of … Continue reading

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Getting a clue on population variability

Two papers were just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by friends and former colleagues of mine from the University of Washington. Both of these papers confront an old and persistent question in fisheries science: what … Continue reading

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