IDWGS: Stronger Together

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! I was inspired by Soph Arthur, a scientist and incredible science communicator, to share remarks that I have personally received as a woman pursuing a degree and a career in science. You can read her original blog post about bias, role models, and collaboration in the …

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Is the Ocean Really Blue?

Have you ever wondered why a glass of water is colorless but the ocean is blue? Let's dive into the physics of it. Visible light is perceived as a spectrum of colors and these colors match to a certain wavelength of light. Violet is on the shorter end of the spectrum while red is the …

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3 Essentials for Eco-Friendly Living

You've seen the painstaking video of a polar bear's last moments on Earth. You've watched as biologists removed pieces of plastic from the airways of a sea turtle or the stomach of a seabird. You've felt the effects of climate change during this frigid winter. You're ready to do something... but where do you begin? …

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Featured Beach Cleanup Host: Jess Szyska

I am stoked to support Jess Szyska in hosting her first beach cleanup next weekend, Sunday, December 3! Meet us out at Waimanalo Beach Park anytime between 9-11 am next Sunday to help keep our island beautiful. Jess is a fellow woman in STEM and a total boss babe that I am thrilled to call …

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November Beach Cleanup

Our crew walked down to the beach yesterday morning and immediately started grabbing large pieces of plastic with a look of shock on their faces. The beach was an absolute wreck. I've never seen Makapu'u Beach in this bad of condition since I've been on island. We believe the recent recession of high tides left …

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Just Keep Spinning

The spinner dolphins that inhabit nearshore areas of the Hawaiian Islands are friendly and curious, and they put on a fun show- jumping, flipping, and spinning out of the water and through the air. But there's a lot more to these adorable creatures than their acrobatics. Most people are familiar with bottlenose dolphins and their …

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Spotlight on 1 Piece Each

I am honored to partner with the nonprofit organization 1 Piece Each for beach cleanups on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. And our first beach cleanup is tomorrow, Saturday, September 16 from 9-12 at Makapu'u Beach Park in Oahu for International Coastal Cleanup Day! Read more about the 1 Piece Each team below: "Established as …

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Coral Reef-Safe Products

This post can also be found on Cosmetic Composition.   Introduction   Paige: During my recent trip to Hawaii I was struck with surprise when I saw posters in many shops and airports urging the importance of using a coral-reef safe sunscreen. In my typical manner I was skeptical at first but once I saw the …

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Shark Week Fin Facts

Discovery Channel is talking all about the ocean's apex predator on Shark Week, but can you tell fact from fiction in this year's shows and advertisements? Brush up on your 'fin facts' and you won't be fooled by the serial killer, attacker, and monster claims! Fin Fact #1 Sharks have a distinct color pattern called …

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

We've all been there... shoving the newest pile of plastic grocery bags into our designated plastic bag drawer with all of our strength, wondering what to do with ALL THESE BAGS.  We have the best intentions of reusing them, but after a couple of uses, those bags meet their fate in the trash bin. I'm …

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