Overthinking Conservation

“You’re perfect for this fellowship, but there’s no ‘Whitty et al.’ yet… Your problem is, you overthink things.  You want things to be perfect before you send them out, but everyone else is going ahead and publishing whatever they have and talking it up.  You just gotta get your work out there.  If you don’t get…

Listen

Originally posted on SAFRN Blog:
Yesterday, I came across this story by Malcolm Gladwell on BBC News about how the Vietnam War might have followed a dramatically different course if those in charge had, essentially, listened. The core of the story was how two individuals interpreted interviews with the Vietcong, as part of an effort…

SAFRN Blog: “Saving dolphins & Managing Small-scale Fisheries”

Some quick thoughts about addressing the marine mammal bycatch problem & how we need to see where we can align marine mammal conservation goals with fisheries management goals… motivated by discussions at the SEAMAM 3 Conference in Langkawi last week. Saving dolphins & Managing small-scale fisheries  

Banning the Ivory Trade in Thailand [ACT – SIGN THE PETITION!]

The point of this post is to highlight WWF’s ongoing petition to the Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in the country; if your attention span is short, but you like elephants, just skip all below and go to the petition here. One of my favorite things about being in this line of work…

Mystery of the Dead Dolphins

I saw my first finless porpoise yesterday! This is what it looked like:   Yes, sadly, it was very dead.  And, very sadly and perplexingly, it is one of six dead dolphins and porpoises that we’ve* heard of and seen in the four days since we started doing this season’s surveys along the Trat coastline. …

SAFRN Blog: “On Not Eating Fish and Other Animals”

Posted on SAFRN’s blog – my entry on being a vegetarian while working and living in the field while studying small-scale fisheries, where (shockingly!) fish and other seafood play the main role in local fare. Exerpt: “To conclude: With forethought, tact, and consideration, you can indeed make friends in fishing villages without eating animals.”