Find your #scicomm sweet spot!

  • Posted by Tom Rayner
  • On October 16, 2019
Under pressure Researchers and natural resource managers are under pressure to communicate their work. That includes summarising key outcomes for policy and decision-making, relaying concerns and opportunities to community groups, campaigning for funding to address critical knowledge gaps and supporting their own careers.
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Seagrass lacks protection at global scale

  • Posted by Laura Griffiths
  • On October 9, 2019
Seagrass ecosystems face multiple threats, from pollution to sea level rise. However, management is failing to adequately protect these ecosystems and prevent their decline. We reviewed global policy relevant to seagrass protection and identified some critical gaps. We need to rethink how we protect coastal ecosystems in general, and seagrasses in particular, from multiple cumulative […]
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Wetlands: life support for the Great Barrier Reef

  • Posted by Tom Rayner
  • On July 26, 2019
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is well recognised as the one of the most biodiverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. However, few of us appreciate that one million hectares of wetlands are the life support system for this important ecosystem. In this post, Dr Fernanda Adame and Emeritus Professor Angela Arthington explore the critical relationship […]
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Effective action needs accessible science

  • Posted by Chris Brown
  • On July 1, 2019
Coastal wetlands are globally threatened. However, the plight of these habitats, like mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltmarshes, is not well recognised relative to other coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs. This translates into funding shortfalls both for the science needed to address coastal wetland decline and for the protection and restoration actions needed to […]
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What the sea needs on World Oceans Day 2019

  • Posted by Tom Rayner
  • On June 8, 2019
“You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins.” In the mid 1600s, English poet and clergyman Thomas Traherne penned Centuries of Meditations, a collection of paragraphs vividly detailing his reverence for the natural world. In it, he set a signpost towards awakening.
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Turtley sick moves: rescuing weak sea turtles and the science aimed at helping their equally weak populations

  • Posted by Ryan Pearson
  • On April 26, 2019
Sea turtles are threatened. Literal boat loads of things affect their already low survival rates, most attributable to humans. Plastics, fishing entanglements, temperature increases, habitat degradation and actual boat strikes are killing turtles and affecting their populations in many other ways. Ultimately threatening their very existence. Knowing this, when my buddy Dr Michael Sievers and […]
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