Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/19/2019 - 20:37
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins on Monday and an exceptionally dry 2019 could see a changing of the guard in the top 10 • The Guardian/Bird Life Australia bird of the year poll returns on 28 October Since BirdLife Australia launched the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2014, the number of participants has risen from 9,000 to over 70,000. Unsurprisingly, the amount of birds that have been counted in our cities and towns has also risen – from 850,000 to more than 2.75 million birds last year. Yet when it comes to the top 10 most commonly seen birds, the song remains the same, with the same species entrenched firmly at the top every year. It’s the birding equivalent of tuning into Countdown in the 70s to find Abba’s Fernando top of the charts for the 27th week in a row. Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 14:00
Environmentalist Jacqueline Evans says she was dismissed from the Marae Moana for urging caution on deep-sea mining The public champion of the world’s largest marine reserve – the Cook Islands’ Marae Moana – has said she lost her job managing it because she supported a moratorium on seabed mining in the Pacific. Six months ago, Jacqueline Evans won the Goldman Environmental prize – the world’s foremost environmental award – for her work establishing Marae Moana (meaning “sacred ocean”), which covers the Cook Islands’ entire exclusive economic zone of more than 1.9m sq km. Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 14:00
A proposed sanctuary to protect reefs and marine life off east Antarctica was knocked back last year by nations including China and Russia Australia will push for a million square kilometres of the Antarctic ocean to be protected as a marine sanctuary at an international forum in Hobart this week. Bids to preserve a large area of pristine ocean off east Antarctica have struck opposition in the past, including at last year’s meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, where China, Russia and Norway played a part in blocking the proposal. Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 14:00
The World Solar Challenge, celebrated biennially since 1987, saw teams from around the world set off from Darwin on a 3,000km race to Adelaide by solar-powered car. Belgian team Agoria took first place this year after Dutch rivals Vattenfall caught fire 250km from the finish line Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 06:35
Spurred on by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the movement is now engaging with social problems Inspired by a wave of youth activism, scouts from across Britain are setting aside campfires and hobby badges to tackle some of the UK’s biggest social issues, from homelessness and the climate crisis to migrants and mental health. The 112-year-old movement has enlisted the support of British astronaut Tim Peake to lead its campaign, in part spurred on by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 03:00
For young Extinction Rebellion members, there is an urgency they say others struggle to fully grasp When five members of Extinction Rebellion’s youth faction climbed on top of the entrance to YouTube’s HQ on Wednesday, they were protesting against a problem that has particular relevance for their generation. In a letter to the company, they demanded that YouTube changes what the group claims is its disproportionate platforming of climate denial, on a site which is the most watched platform for 16-24-year-olds. Continue reading...
10/19/2019 - 01:00
Strengthening public order laws could be ‘shocking assault on right to protest’, warn civil rights lawyers Letter: Extinction Rebellion’s right to protest must be respected Government and police have held talks to strengthen public order laws to allow a tougher crackdown on future Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate demonstrations in what civil rights lawyers warn would be a “a shocking assault on the right to protest.” The move, which comes as XR’s two-week “uprising” drew to a close on Friday, follows widespread criticism of the Metropolitan police after officers implemented a city wide ban on the protests earlier this week. Continue reading...
10/18/2019 - 18:01
At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through David Attenborough has delivered a heartfelt message to children around the world on how they can help save the planet: “Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste.” At the first screening of the BBC’s forthcoming blockbuster nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, the 93-year-old offered his advice to a five-year-old in the London audience. The boy was overwhelmed by nerves when handed the microphone, so his father asked his question on his behalf: “What can he do to save the planet?” Continue reading...
10/18/2019 - 15:10
Ocean Leadership ~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography (http://scripps.ucsd.edu) (SIO) at the University of California San Diego invites applications to an assistant-level faculty position to be filled in one of the fields described below. We seek a motivated, broad-thinking scientist-educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in their field while complementing existing expertise at Scripps and other UCSD departments. SIO is a world-renowned center of marine research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs in various earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department seeks candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, service, and building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous extramurally supported research program, be committed to active teaching and mentoring of graduate students and teach in the marine biology undergraduate major. The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with SIO’s large-scale interdisciplinary field research programs, including the California Current Ecosystem-LTER, the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI), and others. We seek to hire in one of the following areas. Fisheries Oceanographer: We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on the interactions between marine fisheries and associated ecological, environmental, and oceanographic processes. Broadly, we are interested in research that elucidates mechanistic relationships between fisheries, including invertebrates, and their surrounding oceanic habitats, aiming to provide a solid understanding of organism behavior, ecology, population dynamics, and/or life history within an ecosystem perspective. Approaches could include sea-going field surveys and sampling, experiments, remote sensing, physical/ecological/ecosystem models, and applied oceanographic analysis with an emphasis on conditions under which different life stages of wild populations of coastal, pelagic, and deep-sea/benthic fisheries species thrive. The ideal candidate will seek to understand species responses to global and human-induced change, including climate change, and interface with policy makers and resource managers. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in fisheries oceanography at the graduate level. Protistan Biologist: Protists are eukaryotic microorganisms that have major roles in ocean biogeochemical cycles. They have diverse ecological strategies as phototrophs, heterotrophs, or mixotrophs and can come from multiple lineages of the eukaryotic tree of life. We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on the physiology, biochemistry, ecology, and/or biotechnology of this vast and diverse group of microorganisms, which dominates lower food webs in the ocean. Approaches could include laboratory-based studies on model marine organisms and/or sea-going experimental research in coastal and open-ocean ecosystems, with relevance to global change issues, and potentially a specific focus on protistan grazers. The ideal candidate will contribute broadly to SIO’s programs in marine biology and biological oceanography. Such an individual will likely contribute to critical curricular needs in physiology and biochemistry at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Sea-Going Benthic Ecologist: We seek an outstanding benthic ecologist with interests in marine ecosystem, population, or organismal responses to global change, with a strong preference for a sea-going scientist. Generally, we are interested in a candidate with research and teaching interests in field-based, experimental research in shelf or deep-sea ecosystems with relevance to global change biology, biogeography and food web interactions. Research areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, experimental benthic ecology, benthic deep-sea biology, population and evolutionary genetics, biogeochemistry, biogeography, biodiversity, or marine physiology and biochemistry. The ideal candidate will contribute broadly to SIO’s programs in the areas of deep-sea ecology and benthic ecology. For full consideration, please apply by December 20, 2019 at: https://apptrkr.com/1669518 PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of ocean, life, or ecological sciences is required at the time of appointment. A competitive record of publication and service, as well as evidence of ability or strong potential to secure extramural funding and conduct a vigorous research program is expected. Salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and with University of California pay scales. EOE/AA The post Assistant Professor-Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Dec. 20) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/18/2019 - 14:37
Ocean Leadership ~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography (http://scripps.ucsd.edu) (SIO) at the University of California San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a target start date of summer 2020. We seek an outstanding individual who will establish an innovative, world-class, externally funded research program in the field of tectonics. The candidate would employ observational, laboratory, experimental and/or numerical techniques to investigate tectonic processes related to the generation, evolution, and deformation of Earth’s crust and lithosphere, in the oceans or continents. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research programs include sea-going components. SIO is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and we are interested in applicants who will expand our current research programs and have the potential to build new connections between areas of current research expertise in the department and across the UCSD campus. The department’s current research programs and experimental, analytical and computational facilities are described at https://scripps.ucsd.edu/. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in geoscience or a relevant field by the time of appointment. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the UCSD Earth Science program. Supervision of graduate students and service to the department, university, and broader disciplines are expected. Evidence of service and broader contributions to diversity, leadership activities, and other items that will contribute positively to departmental welfare are preferred. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Candidates are required to submit a 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) statements of research plans, teaching interests, and contributions to diversity, and 4) contact information for three references. For full consideration, please apply by December 20, 2019 at: https://apptrkr.com/1669441 UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. The post Assistant Professor, Tectonics (Tenure Track)- Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Dec. 20) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.