I’ve been passionate about marine conservation since my first dive back in ’05. There I found blue water, abundant life, complexity, and a fantastic calm. I left. And I came back, longing for another immersion. After several months in Utila, Honduras, I was starting to think I might never leave.
But soon enough, I learned that my favorite place was in trouble. Overfishing, climate change, pollution, invasive species, and more. Pretty soon, I was dusting off my plans for grad school with a new interest: helping to restore balance to the planet.
I work now in marine conservation in Washington, DC. I’m not a biologist, nor do I hold degree in any other hard science. Rather, my background is in studying political institutions and economics, and these aren’t the typical disciplines brought to bare on marine policy. I’m hoping, though, that they can be of some use.
In fact, my hypothesis is that marine conservation just might benefit from more social science analysis.
I look around at the oceans-related blogs out there and I think three things:
1) There are some exceptionally talented and passionate people writing on the oceans. Most impressive to me are Julia Whitty, Jennifer Jacquet, Mark Powell, and all the people at the Marine Conservation Biology Institute and Oceana.
2) I’d like more analysis, less news-cycle-driven content, and maybe a little bit more of an artistic/entertaining edge to the ocean experience.
3) These blogs must provide for a great “continuing education” experience. And writing has always been the way I really process information.
As a result, I dreamed up this humble blog. I’m hoping that this will the first of many posts. I also hope that I can share and learn with all the other fish-heads out there.
Comments are much appreciated!