The past month has brought a lot of good news, recognition, and mile-stones for the hard-working graduate students here at the MSC. First and foremost, a congratulations to a student who made it “across the finish line” and successfully defended their thesis. On April 11th, Catherine Matassa defended her PhD dissertation on how “Ecological context shapes the response of consumer to predation risk”. Job well done! … Continue reading Three Cheers For…!
If you follow the science-y blog o’ sphere – or at least the same blogs I follow – you’ve probably noticed the increased chatter about inequality in science (academia in particular). How do we increase representation of under-represented groups (women, minorities, etc.) and (in very colloquial terms) make them feel as though ‘they belong’ (i.e., that they are an equal in all regards)? The answer … Continue reading Caught in the Act! A *real* scientist!
Today is the last day of the fall semester and around the MSC the fall is a pretty special time in terms of classes and coursework. Northeastern and the MSC run an academic program, called Three Seas – an intense year-long program that gives students hands-on experience in marine science. For the fall semester, the students come to the MSC everyday to take courses in … Continue reading Last Day Musings
For this Friday evening post, I share with you a little data visualization tool to occupy your weekend. Today, NOAA released a beta version of NOAA View. An online tool to select, map, visualize, and then download data from NOAA’s vast array of data sets. So head on over to the visualizer and watch as sea surface temperatures and sea surface height change over last … Continue reading NOAA Data Visualization
Scientists need your help identifying and counting plankton! Plankton are uber important – they make-up the base of food webs, drive ocean chemistry, and can even influence global climate and fisheries. So studying and understanding these tiny creatures can help scientists understand some pretty big and important phenomena. Typically scientists tow fine-mesh nets through the water column to capture plankton, which are then stored in … Continue reading The Great Plankton Count!
I am very fortunate to be based at a marine lab for my graduate studies. Situated at the MSC full-time allows me to head out to the field at any moment to test out field gear or get a project going – all from the comfort of “home”. If I’ve forgotten something or a piece of equipment fails I can easily run back into my … Continue reading Marine Labs and Field Stations – Your Research Home Away from Home
A few weeks ago our very own Dan Blustein departed the MSC for a 10-week stint as a journalist with the Raleigh News & Observer. Dan was awarded a 2013 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship – a fellowship that pairs science graduate students with a mass media outlet so they can hone their science communication skills. A skill, that many of us scientists know, takes lots … Continue reading Caught in the Act! MSC Grad turned Journalist!