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Amazing Nature: Lessons from oil spills
The most rewarding part about teaching is to see students become involved, begin to own the information given to them and take off on new academic adventures. It is a beautiful experience when a student brings a new tool or source of information to the class, thus teaching the teacher. This morni...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Awareness day for octopus and squid
This Monday I heard a report on the local radio station about International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. At first, my reaction was “tri- what awareness day?” As such radio programs educate the ignorant (like me), it went on to explain that Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare, incurable and extr...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: New program brings scientists into rural schools
There is a new program in Kodiak, which brings local scientists to our rural schools to spend a day talking marine science and offering hands-on lessons. Last Thursday was a glorious, sunny fall day, perfect for our plans to fly to Port Lions for a day of marine science with the students there. A...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Lantern Fish use Lights to Communicate in deep ocean
I was driving to work one morning last week before dawn. As the rain poured onto my windshield, the other cars appeared only as lights in the drenched darkness. It suddenly occurred to me that while the drivers of the cars could not see or hear each other, they were communicating with light signa...
Sep 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Legend tells of geese growing from barnacles
If you are an attentive beachcomber, you may have come across logs covered with goose barnacles. Just last week, I enjoyed a beach walk at the Buskin when I came across such a log. I could tell that the log had only recently been brought in by a high tide and left high and dry, because the goose ...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 166 166 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Statues come alive under water
Summer is waning, and preparations for the coming school year are in full swing. I will offer my first Kodiak College class this fall, and since it is a brand new class, I have spent hours this summer anticipating and preparing. The class is called “introduction to marine science through experime...
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Fish sense earthquakes
Kodiak Island had 40 earthquakes in the last month, the most recent today and the largest two days ago at a magnitude of 4.3. This information is of July 28, as I am writing this article. Two days ago, the earthquake was just outside of Kodiak in the ocean, and it could be felt in town. Scary? No...
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Goblins hide in ocean trenches
This summer, I spent two weeks in the Seattle area. Between some spectacular hikes in the lush Cascade Mountains and visits to various exhibits in the big city I spent a lot of time at an Internet café preparing for my marine science class in the fall. I had just reviewed the special features of ...
Jul 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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