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The Writings on the Sea-Wall: Ocean Art by Bryan Helfand

As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]

Dragons, Sea Urchins, and Sea Otters? Oh my!

And when I say Dragons, I am talking about the Dragon Kelp (Eularia fistulosa), of course! This summer, I was lucky to catch a number of tweets by Genoa Sullaway (@genoa_sully), a student in Matt Edwards lab, on a research trip up in the Aleutian Islands. The images she posted were arresting – particularly for […]

A quick look at the data from inside Hurricane Irma

OMG Irma. It is going through the Caribbean and slamming everything in its path. I’ve been getting updates from friends in the Virgin Islands and it sounds like it was harrowing. Thankfully they made it through which is the most important part (even though their stuff may not have). Other islands have not been so […]

Support Sea Stories

I firmly believe that good science must always be accompanied with good storytelling. Now more than ever, we must connect those around us to the work we are doing both intellectually (in a way they understand) and emotionally. What better way to do this than in a children’s story book? One of my personal heroes […]


I’ve always been a big fan of science communication and the ability to tell compelling stories through alternate forms of media- especially video. Gloop, by videographer Gaby Bastyra, is one of my favorite examples of the ability to get a poignant message across in a visually stunning way. Gloop from gaby bastyra on Vimeo.

What actually happened in the sea during the solar eclipse!

Last week, we wrote a teaser on what would happen in the sea during the eclipse. But now the results are in and YES! CALAMITY ENSUED. Sort of. On August 21 2017, the moon passed in front of the sun, the sky darkened, the temperatures dropped, and the zooplankton thought it was night. This triggered […]

We don’t know jack about the deep sea

The title may be a bit harsh but without a doubt the deep sea remains one of the least explored environments on Earth.  The earliest interest and sampling in the deep sea occurred in the late 1800’s; however, a majority of deep-sea exploration did not occur until after the 1960’s.  And although the current amount […]

What happens in the sea during a solar eclipse?

On July 20th, 1963, three scientists sat on a research ship 200 miles south of Woods Hole, MA, waiting for something remarkable. They were nearly 4000m above the seafloor, and using sonar, they could ‘see’ a line of creatures resting in the deep. By this time, biologists were beginning to unravel the mystery of this […]

Party Underwater like it’s 1956!

For a post later, I’ve been watching some old British films involving diving, that this one was just so… I could not resist sharing.

Only One of These is Ramen Noodles

Nothing says college breakfast of champions more than the salty, stale goodness of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup. We’ve all been there…where Ramen is life…some of us might still be there…it’s okay friend. Which is why those visiting the California coast for summer vacation might be slightly confused on who dropped the Ramen in the ocean? […]

Are the floral smells of Victoria’s Secret fragrances needed for marsh field work?

I am oceanographer. My research occurs on big boats in the middle of big oceans. Of the list annoyances I must deal with most can be fixed with zip ties.  In my current role at Louisiana University Marine Consortium, surrounded by miles of beautiful coastal wetlands, I am beginning to add coastal science to my […]

The harrowing life of the violet snail

  For a long time when I thought of the violet snail I thought of hopelessness. I first learned about it after moving to a new town in a new state, knowing almost no one. I sat in my living room full of boxes, with my too-small lamp lighting the too-big desk, an evening blizzard raging […]

The humanity within the pages of scientific manuscripts

In the pages of a scientific paper one does not often glimpse the human element of scientists.  Although these papers reflect countless hours of dedication and sacrifice of individuals, a near monastic focus on seeking answers, the text reflects something more rigid and formulaic.  Every so often in rare and special papers, one can glimpse […]

That Which is Bright and Splendid

Guest Post: This past winter my good friend and excellent nature photographer Michael Ready and I were out exploring the Rocky Intertidal zone at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, Ca. While perusing through the rocky outcrops I happened upon a group of Hopkin’s Rose nudibranchs (what does one call a group of nudibranchs anyways?) […]

Pride, Actually.

It’s June, and that means the end of the NBA, the start of summer, and the celebration of LGBT Pride across the USA.  I must admit that Pride crept up on me this year.  I’ve recently returned from a long stretch of field work in Africa (another post soon on the toughest field work of […]

The Fantastical Beasts of the Deep Gulf of Mexico

I recently returned from nearly two weeks at sea with a motley and intrepid crew exploring the Gulf of Mexico almost a mile and half deep.  You can read up on our adventures on our Reddit AMA. The main goal was to deploy nearly 200 wood falls on the deep-sea floor.  The work, funded by the […]

The Ancient Ocean of the Dakota Access Pipeline

You pull your old car to the side of the road, slow to a stop and turn the key: the fire in your engine dies. You step onto a flat, dim expanse, covered in a sleet-grey sky. You hear the grass shudder in waves across the plains, like the ghosts of a dead sea, frozen […]

Sharks for the Wee Lady Deeplings

There’s been an awesome explosion of science oriented clothes for girls in the past few years, spurred on greatly by the awesome success of Princess Awesome‘s Kickstarter campaign. They started with an outfit that definitely appealed to the DSN set – a pirate dress! Now Princess Awesome has returned to the sea with sharks! Check […]

What’s in a name? That which we call a Hopkin’s Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Guest Post: This little morsel is brought to you by Marine Biologist Jonathan Jones. I have had the pleasure, nay the privilege, to work with Johnny Jones for going on two years now. Currently completing his PhD at University of California, Santa Barbara- he has been critical to laying the framework in our understanding on […]

Pam DiBona: #IAmSeaGrant

With the publication of the current administration’s budget calling Sea Grant part of the “lower priority, and in many cases, unauthorized” parts of NOAA, we here at DSN are highlighting people who are or have been supported by Sea Grant. If you would like to share your story with us about why #IAmSeaGrant, please send […]

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