Are fish ‘Bad Moms’?

By: Dana Sackett The lives of fish cannot technically be compared to the lives and pressures placed on today’s human moms (that then naturally let loose in an epic party).  However, in honor of Mother’s Day we decided to share some of the maternal roles fish play and imagine if these same roles existed for…

Changing venom

By: Dana Sackett You have probably heard the myth that baby snakes are more dangerous than adults because they haven’t learned to control the amount of venom they inject.  The theory being that baby snakes unintentionally release much more than an adult would when they bite. While this myth has been mostly dispelled by herpetologists…

Legacy pollution, an unfortunate inheritance

By: Dana Sackett Legacy is defined as something that is inherited by one generation from the previous.  While some legacies are better than others, not all are good. Legacy pollutants are one of the bad ones.  These pollutants stick around to cause problems well after they are released into the environment. Indeed, they often continue…

Dollars and Data: The Science of Rewarding Fishers to Report Their Lucky Catch

By: Dana Sackett Mark and recapture is a common method used by ecologists and resource managers to estimate a species growth, movement, levels of harvest, population size, and/or natural mortality (the rate at which animals die from natural causes such as predators, disease, or old age).  For fisheries scientists, this method often involves capturing a…

How climate impacts microorganisms and why we should care

By: Dana Sackett As Earth Day approaches, it seems timely to pause and examine some of the natural processes that enable life on Earth.  Remarkably, this big topic requires us to take a look at some of the smallest organisms on the planet.  Microorganisms (or organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye such…

The value of a species

By: Dana Sackett According to some scientists the earth is currently undergoing the sixth mass extinction crisis in the last half-billion years.  Some have described this current crisis as the largest loss of plants and animals since the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  With so much loss it is hard to understand how these extinctions…

Drought and pollution

By: Dana Sackett As an environmental scientist I can honestly say that I am very concerned for the future of our planet and ourselves.  I cannot emphasize enough the reality of climate change, that it is human-caused (and therefore that we can do something about it), and that we definitely need to do something about…