The world’s oceans are a unique and wonderful place. Everyday we learn something new and amazing about the marine environment, and everyday we learn how human impacts are threatening these natural wonders. This blog is dedicated to sharing interesting new discoveries about the marine environment and how we can protect and conserve it.

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About the Authors:

Catherine Foley, a Ph.D. student in Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University, has spent ten years working in marine science and conservation. With a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, she is intimately acquainted with the science and policy affecting marine ecosystems. Currently, Catherine is studying the population dynamics and biogeography of Antarctic penguins and seals.

Leigh Habegger has spent eight years working in marine science and conservation, but has always had a deep affinity for all things salty. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Leigh has called Washington, D.C. home for the past three years, working as a Knauss Fellow for Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), a fisheries consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund, and is currently the External Affairs Manager for Restore America’s Estuaries.

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  1. It is truly terrifying to realize the impact that humans have had on the planet, and the uncertain outcomes of climate change that are partially irreversible already no matter what we do. We need to take drastic measure today to ensure that we have a habitable planet in the future. This is especially true for a country like the United States that consumes 25% of the world’s fossil fuels; it is the combustion of fossil fuels that contributes to the carbon dioxide emissions that drive climate change. That means us Americans need to use less fossil fuels, in part by switching to renewables like solar and wind power and in many other changes in our lifestyles, like driving fuel-efficient cars (and driving less in general) and consuming less in general.

    We have a long way to go, but now that climate change is both known to be occurring and that carbon emissions are the primary cause, we can plan a way forward.

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