Tag: coral reefs

In 2010, I accompanied about 15 of my Manila-based labmates to a large regional conference addressing the proximate and serious issues facing the most diverse coral reef systems in the world. For once, the rooms were not overloaded with white, male …

There is no Plan(et) B(eauty) Read More »

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It’s 8:45am. The fishers sit silently, some studying the floor, others gazing out to the still waters visible from the hotel’s balcony with a (real? imagined?) longing for a day’s lost wages. All are dressed neatly, shirts tucked in, hair …

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The final plenary speech at a very large conference. This scientist bears a superficial resemblance to another in the public eye: an ageing rock star who also has added a podium to his stage. Bald, spare, charismatic. He tells us …

The Virtual Dive Machine Read More »

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Bandanas are distributed, paper mache boats in hand. Fishers and local government workers cluster around the board. We’re a couple of rounds into the fishing game. Some have lost, others have hit the jackpot, in that lexicon of luck and …

“Don’t take it seriously”: the rules of serious games Read More »

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I am sitting outside the plenary session of the Australian Science Communicators’ Conference, February 2012. Wagging sessions is not encouraged, but I’m suddenly a little unsure as to what has brought me here – my background in ecology and development …

Ecology of persuasion: a mug’s game? Read More »

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