There’s a difference between telling someone about an issue and getting them to actually engage with it. The tricky thing about talking to school groups is that the students are often told to be at your talk, and this means that their level of concentration and interest can vary. So you want to use your talk … More Tips for marine science communicators – getting through to a teenage audience
Here’s a snapshot from the opening pages of the WWF-ZSL ‘Living Blue Planet Report, 2015’. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, warned readers of the 2014 Report that it was “not for the faint-hearted”. This one isn’t either, but it’s important that we fully appreciate the state of the ocean so we can understand … More “Not for the faint-hearted” – Living Blue Planet Report 2015
I went to the Ocean Film Festival last night and it got me thinking. Not only about the inspiring stories I heard about people’s relationships with the sea, but also about our relationship with it in general. Everyone has a different relationship with the sea. Some people rely on it for their livelihoods and go … More Ocean stewardship – step up for the sea
A redundant fleet in the forest I came across this article recently which features a slightly different art installation, ‘Withdrawn’, made up of redundant fishing vessels placed in the forest near Bristol in South-West England. The artist, Luke Jerram, has created a way for the public to appreciate the current state of the oceans and fast-dwindling … More Art Meets Oceans: Luke Jerram
Towards the end of my first year at University I joined the Royal Geographical Society Geography Ambassadors Scheme, and it’s one of the best things I’ve done at Uni. At school I had attended lots of talks by visiting speakers or students who had done exciting things during or after their school years. These talks were … More Speaking in schools: what I’ve learnt so far
I’ve recently discovered the great white shark research being done by the scientists at OCEARCH, and keeping up with the great whites of the world has become a bit addictive. Global data on mature great whites is lacking and this project is helping to fill the knowledge gap. Sharks are tagged, measured and assessed on a … More Who doesn’t want to tweet a shark?
I’ve sailed past tyres floating in the Solent, fished plastic bottles out of the sea and even had to swerve around a park bench floating in the estuary where I learnt to sail. Marine litter is everywhere: on beaches, near shore and even hundreds of kilometres offshore. You can hear from the round-the-world Volvo Ocean … More Marine litter