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Must Be That Time Of The Season

After four or five months of Seattle winter, you kind of loose track of where you are. Add on a touch of end-of-quarter madness, and you can really start to lose it. I actually had a moment yesterday when, for … Continue reading

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Reef Noise As Guide for Floating Crustaceans

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a small planktonic crustacean floating in the tropical ocean. Your world is vast, but its physical geography at your scale is relatively simple. Light and warmth are above, dark and cold are down. … Continue reading

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Cape Cod Crabs Consume Haline Hay

An interesting piece of ecological detective work from the shores of New England, which came to my attention via this blog post and this op-ed in the Cape Cod Times. Salt marshes on Cape Cod have been suffering local die-back … Continue reading

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Krill v. Salps in the Southern Ocean

Last week, writing about copepods, I mentioned that they make up what is probably the most massive group of animals on earth. I also mentioned the likely runner up: krill. In particular, the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. Photo by Uwe … Continue reading

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Ecology of the Zombie Apocalypse

A non-trivial question: how will vampires be affected by the coming Zombie Apocalypse? For a startlingly rigorous discussion on the topic, head over to Southern Fried Science: http://southernfriedscience.com/2009/10/30/blood-and-brains-can-vampires-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse/ Major hat tip to SFS for this post—this is truly the best … Continue reading

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The End of the Line

I just got back from watching “The End of the Line”, a new documentary about overfishing which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this winter and is currently in limited release. If you have the chance to see it, I … Continue reading

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NOAA Predicts Large Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone This Summer

NOAA announced yesterday that the “dead zone” at the outlet of the Mississippi River will likely be larger than usual this summer, due to a combination of a rainy spring with increased stream flows and an increased fertilizer load from … Continue reading

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Holy $#!*, that’s a big jellyfish

This crazy-ass photo has been making the rounds on the internet after the publication a few days ago of a paper in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution on the increasing abundance of jellyfish around the world. It is … Continue reading

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