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3 December 2018

An article by Steve Leahy for National Geographic about our National Conference on Marine Environmental DNA 

New DNA tool ‘changes everything in marine science’

Also in the news net:

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Newsletter

Leading Practitioners Of eDNA Science Gather To Discuss New Tool’s Possibilities

Thanks to every one of the 100 participants.  It was thrilling for all!

Also a good story in the Martha’s Vineyard Times about Linda Fairstein’s new book in which kids collect eDNA on Martha’s Vineyard.

And in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette: Swimming With the Fishes, Naming Them Too,  Monday, December 3, 2018 – 1:58pm.



Posted 10:12 am in News

29 November 2018

Today begins our National Conference on Marine Environmental DNA.

A press release describes the purposes and previews some findings.

The meeting is part of the continuing Monmouth University-Rockefeller University Marine Science and Policy Initiative.

We are exploring the marine waters of New York City and New Jersey with eDNA.  Some of our work is posted here

Posted 11:11 am in News

27 November 2018

The article Why should mitochondria define species?
Stoeckle M.Y., Thaler D.S.
is grounded in and strongly supports Darwinian evolution, including the understanding all life has evolved from a common biological origin over several billion years.

The study follows mainstream views of human evolution. We do not propose there was a single “Adam” or “Eve”. We do not propose any catastrophic events.

Posted 09:11 am in News

26 November 2018

Leonardo da Vinci: the faces of the genius,” an exhibition curated by our esteemed colleague in the Leonardo DNA Project, Christian Galvez, opens in Madrid on 30 November.  Team members Jose Lorente and Karina Aberg will participate.  The exhibition includes a section about our search for his DNA.


Posted 05:11 pm in News

8 October 2018

The passing on 30 September 2018 in Washington DC of Jeannette Aspden, colleague from IIASA and the Carnegie Commission, elicits a brief written tribute.   Celebrations and remembrances of our colleagues have accumulated over the years, and we re-post them here.

Jeannette Aspden (Remembrance 2018)
Robert Herman (In Memory of Robert Herman, 1997)
Alexander Keynan (The Germination of Alexander Keynan, in memoriam, 2013)

Robert Kates (The Classification of Robert Kates, 2018)
Joshua Lederberg (In memoriam, 2008)
Joshua Lederberg (A Tribute to the Foresight of Joshua Lederberg, 2009)
Thomas F. Malone (Tom Malone here [poem], 1984)

Rodney Nichols (Remembrance, 2018)
William A. Nierenberg (Memorial Tribute, 2000)
Chauncey Starr (A 90th Birthday Tribute, 2002)

Oleg F. Vasiliev, 1925-2017 (scroll to second entry past Beck tribute)
Paul E. Waggoner (Thriving Thrift: On the Occasion of Paul Waggoner Appreciation Day, 2013)
Robert M. White (Portrait of Robert M. White in the style of Gertrude Stein, 1979)

Norton Zinder (A Remembrance of Norton Zinder, 2012)

Posted 11:10 am in News

8 October 2018

William Nordhaus today earned the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his pioneering work on climate change.  Hooray for Bill!

Jesse first encountered Bill’s work in the late 1970s, started a magazine file of it, and retains to this day first editions of the classic inventive papers from 1975, Can We Control Carbon Dioxide?, and 1977, Strategies for the Control of Carbon Dioxide, and others that followed (see photo below).

Jesse served as a research assistant to Bill during the 1981-1983 Carbon Dioxide Assessment Committee of the National Academy of Sciences and co-authored with him the 1983 paper, JH Ausubel, WD Nordhaus. A review of estimates of future carbon dioxide emissions in Changing climate: Report of the carbon dioxide assessment committee, pp. 153-185, National Academy Press, Washington DC 1983.

Posted 08:10 am in News

5 October 2018

Fred Pearce writes about our exploration of whether humanity is nearing peak use of stuff in this article in Anthropocene magazine: Are We Approaching Peak Stuff? Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill

Posted 02:10 pm in News

1 October 2018

The Census of Marine Life appears in a vivid 29 Sept 2018 article in the Huffington Post by Ilana Straus  about estimating the number of species.

The Strange Story Behind The Animals We Know We Haven’t Yet Discovered
“The more we look, the more species we find.”

Posted 08:10 am in News

26 September 2018

We note with sadness learning of the passing of John C. Fisher on 2 May 2018 at age 98.  With Robert Pry, John Fisher developed the classic A simple substitution model of technological change JC Fisher, RH Pry – Technological Forecasting and Social Change 3, pp76-88, 1971.  Much of our work  (especially by Perrin Meyer, Jason Yung, and David Burg) has built on the Fisher-Pry model, culminating in the software package Loglet Lab 4.

The interesting account of John’s life and career by his family would have been more complete if it included discussion of the substitution model.  The General Electric Corporation research labs have made extraordinary contributions.

Posted 09:09 am in News

26 September 2018

The fall issue of the quarterly magazine of the National Academy of Engineering, The Bridge, reports on Ocean Exploration and its Engineering Challenges Sept 2018 Vol 48(3).

The issue contains several excellent articles, including America’s Ocean Observations: A Perspective, by Paul Gaffney, our partner in the Monmouth University-Rockefeller University Marine Science and Policy Initiative.  The article helpfully discusses Mark Stoeckle’s work on eDNA.

Also especially notable are Mapping the World’s Oceans by our frequent collaborator Larry A. Mayer, and Using Noise to Image the Ocean by William A. Kuperman.

These and the other articles relate strongly to our interests in ocean exploration (e.g., the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum), The International Quiet Ocean Experiment, and more generally human progress in ocean observation.

Posted 08:09 am in News