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Top 10 Ocean Conservation Victories of 2016

From wars, to politics, to the deaths of eminent artists, 2016 was a year many people were eager to see end. It was also another record breaking year for the dangerous warming of our planet. Yet, despite that thick layer of doom, humanity came together in inspiring ways – for water protection, for refugees, for…

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Cave Mapping in the 21st Century

Human error can lead to dangerous inaccuracy when mapping underwater caves. That’s why Sebastien Kister developed Mnemo, a cave-mappers new best friend.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Underwater, Underground, Making a Map

To be able to share the beauty and wonder of these underwater caves with other people is one of our main aims in this project. One of the best ways we can do this is by making maps.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Documenting Inner Earth

When I surface exhausted at the end of day, the job really begins. It is my role to create these short videos for you each night before I crawl into my hammock for a few hours sleep.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Speaking Up for Safety

One of our team members found a hilarious video online about train safety. After a good laugh, we decided to try our hand at sending our own safety message out into the world.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: A Team With 200 Years of Experience

Our team members do not want to keep all this experience for themselves … They want everybody, and especially the local people of the Bahamas, to benefit from it.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Exploration in a Parallel World

Another world exists parallel to this forest of whispering pines. Below is a labyrinth of caves, the likes of which are only beginning to be fully understood and mapped.

Change, Struggle, and What’s Under the Hood of a Cuban Taxi

In the U.S., change might be seen in the newest model of iPhone. In Cuba, change is manifest everyday by continually adapting yesterday’s material realities to today’s needs.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Safety Rules (Because Safety Rules!)

“When I was invited to this expedition, it was like being invited to dive safety nirvana; some of these divers wrote the books I made a job out of!”

Blue Holes Expedition: Rocks, Water, and a Workout

A big of geology and a touch of forestry reveal a dimension of the Bahamas few people really take in.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Meet the Team

We’re mapping a cave system that could prove to be the most extensive island cave system in the world. But the most rewarding part is working with school kids at the site for all sorts of hands-on activities.

Dreams and Reality in la Habana

Growing up in a Cuban-American family, Mario Machado had the incredible fortune of absorbing a near-mythical image of the island that his grandfather had left as a boy in 1946. Now he’s writing his own chapter in the story.

Reframing Ocean Conservation in this Post-Election Era

Given the election, it seems wise to relinquish expectations of US federal leadership on ocean or climate policy. Our anti-science (among other deeply concerning antis) president-elect and his appointees have sent clear signals about their disregard for our environment and the ethos of sustainability. Yet, a healthy ocean is critical to food security, a stable…

Hope in the Face of 10,000 Deaths

When amphibian conservation biologist Arturo Muñoz describes the 2015 die-offs of the Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus) on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, the details are grim: Dead frogs floating belly up in the shallow water as gulls pick them off for dinner. The smell of the sulfate pollution dredged up from the bottom…

I wonder what’s up there?

Five years ago I met an anteater that changed my life. As a first-year grad student, I was in the midst of my academic identity crisis trying to figure out what exactly I was going to study. I joined a team of researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to survey wildlife in…