Category Archives: environment

Something fishy

I am not really a ‘fish’ type of person. If I ever had any doubts whether I should be a fish biologist (and I didn’t), I would have lost them during that day out on the Baltic Sea as an … Continue reading

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Of fairy rings and other mysteries

I just came back up from our cellar, where I was looking through a couple of cardboard boxes that I hadn’t opened since we moved from Colorado. The boxes are full of research papers on benthic foraminifera, left over from … Continue reading

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We (still only just) have the tiger by its tail (do we?)

These last two weeks, my mind has been running in turbo-mode somewhere in the background because of the negotiations going on in Copenhagen. I cannot find the time to post on this – so I am re-posting something (below the … Continue reading

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Catchy headlines vs. sound science – interview with John Cullen

John Cullen holds the Killam Chair in Ocean Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He spends a lot of time thinking about and investigating the effects of large-scale iron fertilization of the ocean. Together with colleagues, he has … Continue reading

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Just something to consider

Good luck to every science blogger who is participating in the competition to go to the Antarctic with Quark Expeditions! And congratulations to clever Quark who, by recruiting science bloggers, may get some sciencey/environmental validation for their enterprise this way. … Continue reading

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Science behind the fuss

Since I posted on a related topic before, I might as well follow it up with this excellent slide show by John Cullen (just found on slideshare). For me, the main ‘take home message’ is that, if scientists had done … Continue reading

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Eisen vs. Iceberg

Iron, which occurs in trace amounts in the oceans, is a limiting element for phytoplankton growth – this is old news. In the early 1990s, the oceanographer John Martin (then at Moss Landing Marine Labs) said “Give me a half … Continue reading

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We have the tiger by its tail… but for how long?

Well, here I am at the end of the first day of the ASLO 2009 meeting, after skiving off most of yesterday walking around Nice in the sunshine, across the market, through the old town, up the hill to the … Continue reading

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Time to speed it up?

Picture this: a lab with one or more people huddled over well-aged stereo microscopes, staring intently into glass Petri dishes or small trays filled with a splash of water and marine sediment. They occasionally move sand grains and detritus aside … Continue reading

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Help! My butt is freezing!

The Nature Climate Feedback blog reports of a talk given at this year’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on evidence of significant warming of the Antarctic in the last 50 years. In 2000/2001, I spent two months at … Continue reading

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