Ocean Mercury, Designer Fish and Best Shark-cam Ever

Apparently, great white sharks don't take kindly to paparazzi, but UAV camera takes a licking and keeps on returning valuable data. Photo credit: Courtesy of Discovery Channel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Apparently, great white sharks don’t take kindly to paparazzi, but UAV camera takes a licking and keeps on returning valuable data. Photo credit: Courtesy of Discovery Channel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler:

Biodiversity & Wildlife

Meet the red-ruffed fruitcrow (and no, it’s not a crow). (10,000 Birds)

On the track of scorpions in the Nevada desert. Spoiler alert: they’re everywhere. (Writers on the Range)

For penguins humans make lousy neighbors. The worst part? They eat all the fish. (Deep Sea News)

Best sharkcam EVER! Great whites on the hunt.  (Discovery Channel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

A new species of cetacean! Seventeen years of untangling taxonomic data leads to description of the Australian humpback dolphin. (Wildlife Conservation Society)

New Research

Using wild primates to research malaria vaccines sets off legal battle in the Colombian rainforest. (Yale E360)

Are habitat corridors a highway for invasive species? (Ecology)

Mercury in shallow ocean waters has tripled since the industrial revolution. (Nature, via Science)

The psychology of litter and how to stop it. (Atlantic Cities)

Climate Change

Is climate change causing puffin chicks to starve? Audubon’s Puffin Watch calls on fans to help find out. (Phys.org)

Delaying action on climate change could cost the U.S. and global economies — big time. (US News and World Report)

Many food crops are more sensitive to ozone than heat, which has implications for food security and the potential (or lack thereof) for agricultural adaptation. (Nature Climate Change)

Sun Land: the new push for solar power in the U.S. (The New Yorker)

Nature News

Toledo’s water crisis was a decade in the making thanks to agricultural run-off and sewage plants. (Cleveland.com)

Designer fish: Strange, human-engineered fish are all the rage with anglers.  (Ted Williams)

Dam removal is a success! Rivers and fish rebound surprisingly quickly. (Nature News)

Building resilience in Africa: Rockefeller Foundation and USAID announce $100M partnership.

Conservation Tactics

How small pieces of plastic can save hundreds of sage grouse. (Field & Stream)

Handshake talks to M. Sanjayan, Jean Michel Cousteau and John Briscoe about Public-Private Partnerships for natural resource conservation. (World Bank-IFC)

Insect eating without the ick factor: Feed them to the cows. (Strange Behaviors)

Payments for predation on reindeer: new model teases out economic and population effects. (Journal of  Applied Ecology)

Optimizing choice of fisheries management regime by modeling enforcement costs along with population effects. (Conservation Biology)

Science Communications

Would scientists fail a public science literacy test? Does it matter? (Cultural Cognition)

Science communications needs infrastructure, not more professors. (The Guardian)


Have suggestions for next week’s Cooler? Send them to mdowns[at]tnc.org.  Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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Marty joined the Nature Conservancy in January 2014 to write about TNC research and manage the Science Impact Project. She started her career in ecosystem ecology and climate impact research, but has focused on science communications since 1999. She’s now doing what she likes best – writing about cool science and helping scientists find and communicate what’s exciting about their work.



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