Month: January 2015

ocean conservation and why you should care: part two

Thanks for reading yesterday, and coming back today for more. It delights me that this topic interests you, and that you can’t wait to find out why protecting our ocean will benefit you. Did you know that the estimated net worth of coral reefs and the ecosystem services they provide is about $29.2 billion/year? I have seen a few examples of figures of this magnitude, but their message is the same. This $h*t is worth protecting. Imagine a time you went to a beach (if not a beach, then imagine a time you were mesmerized by marine life in an aquarium or on TV). That beach is pristine, there are white sands, no trash, gorgeous healthy plantlife all around the coastline. You dive into the ocean and you see bright, neon colors of live, vibrant coral reefs. The reef is just alive and full of reef fish, octopus, lobsters, crabs. A world abundant. Now imagine that same beach but this time, it’s crowded with people. Each of these people has brought an ice chest and …

ocean conservation and why you should care: part one

There is this term in science we often use to describe how one generation views the ocean, versus a past generation: shifting baselines. This term was first coined by Daniel Pauly, a renown fisheries biologist who warned us that continuing to fish like we do will undoubtedly lead to overfishing and severe issues for our oceans, and ourselves. He wasn’t wrong, that’s exactly what happened for several fisheries around the US and the world. Now as we try to climb back out of this hole we’ve dug ourselves, we’ve discovered that this “shifting baselines” is a real situation. This means that the fisheries, the coral reef ecosystems, the rainforests that we see today is what we refer to as our “baseline”. This is what we need to protect, because it’s all that we have left. Let’s get grim… there is about 10% of live coral reef in the Caribbean. That is amazing right? Can you believe that is all that is left? But imagine if you were a scientist, a diver, a recreational fisher, a …

mermaids & paddling: finding time for you

How blessed can one be to have such amazing people in their life? Is not the most important – and forever lasting – thing in this earthly time truly relationships? I believe so. Friends do come and go, but I believe that you meet certain people in life at exactly the right time. There are no coincidences. Some of you may know that I recently became a brand ambassador for the boutique paddleboard company, Suplove. Their fast growing reach first started Down Under, but was then moved to California where they currently reside. I cannot say enough good things about this board, and I will share that with you another time. Today, I just want to share about the importance of finding time to unwind (which relates to paddleboarding for me). That may seem¬† ironic coming from the girl who lives on a tropical island, but let’s not forget that this very same girl is also a graduate student (can I get an Amen?). But for real, when was the last time you took a …

new year

This year has started out in full sprint. The holidays blew past me like a whirlwind, with all my time spent wedding planning, diy-ing, constructing, cleaning, organizing and finding times to visit and enjoy family.¬† I got back to the island just a few days ago, and then started the usual list making of everything I need to do with my research before April. Time flies. My planner is filling. Sometimes I write things down just so I can immediately check them off. Instant gratification. In just a little under 4 months, Evan and I will be flying back to Texas for our wedding. Two days later, we take off to spend a month long honeymoon in Bali. We. Cannot. Wait. We’ve done minimal planning for the trip, so far only booking our first six nights on the island. The rest we feel we can handle once we’re there. We like the carefree travel style, although I can’t say that I have really traveled much that way in the past. I like a plan. Did …