Archive for January, 2012

 

The effects of overfishing in Africa

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As many of us have heard, we are dangerously overfishing our oceans. What we normally don’t hear much of is how overfishing is affecting countries in Africa. “A vast flotilla of industrial trawlers from the European Union, China, Russia and elsewhere, together with an abundance of local boats, have so thoroughly scoured northwest Africa’s ocean […]

Oceans in Peril

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The ocean is a pot filled with water, and we are slowly boiling. Not to be pessimistic, but something should be done about this slow simmer. People need to be reminded that the ocean is the aspect of this world that is most in peril. And this is not some remote concern, the ocean is […]

Tanks versus Masks

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Last Thursday, my BIOL 301 lab section went to the Waikiki aquarium and answered lots of questions about the organisms and environments in each exhibit, such as the Hawaiian Turkeyfish blending in with some coral on a reef. It was great to be able to look at what nature has to offer in such an […]

Hawaii’s Invasive Problem

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I’ve been in and around Oahu’s waters ever since I was a little boy.  Throughout my years, what I’ve noticed is the drastic decline in our ocean’s nearshore resources.  A good amount of this might be due to the drastic increase of three invasive species of fish in Hawaii’s waters.  These three fish are the […]

Arabian Gulf Struggles to Protect Marine Life

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Here the first post of one of the 2012 Biol 301L students: A lot of the time people are focused on military politics in that region of the world instead of looking at the environment, which should be an equally import part of governmental policy. The United States isn’t the only nation that is struggling […]

The meaning of color in the Arceye Hawkfish

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Despite Hawai‘i being praised as an unparalleled natural laboratory for the study of evolution, our understanding of evolutionary processes working below the water line remains in its infancy. Although there is no shortage of famous examples of endemic terrestrial Hawaiian taxa that show rampant speciation within lineages after colonizing the islands, there is only one […]

Your TA Rachel

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I have always been fascinated with the rich biodiversity that make up coral reef ecosystems. Growing up in South Florida, I was exposed to coral reefs from a young age and have since been fortunate to gain opportunities to study these ecosystems. It wasn’t really until I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji that I […]

Welcome Biology 301L students!!!

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Dear Biology 301L students!! Welcome to the Lab of your Marine Ecology and Evolution class this semester. You will see this Lab will give you exposure to all kinds of new and fun things. We will explore several habitats in Hawaii apply your knowledge from lecture and former Biology and other classes to get to […]