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Offshore Energy Acquisition in the Western Pacific: The Decline of the World’s Most Abundant Fisheries

By Ryan Gobar East Asia and the Northwestern Pacific are home to some of the world’s biggest and most productive fisheries, with average yearly yields in the 20-24 million ton range (Ahlenius 2004). The region is home to many coral reefs and these fisheries provide food for a large percentage of the world’s population. The coral reefs are also some...

Okinawa and the U.S. military, post 1945

By Lane Johnston Okinawa has had a tumultuous history and a scattered identity throughout the twentieth century. As a Japanese territory before World War II, Okinawans did not ever fully adopted Japanese culture as their own. During WWII, Okinawa was a major location used in the U.S. military’s island-hopping towards mainland Japan. After the Battle...

Bush-crow diaries: The African night

Finding colour-marked bush-crows and then racking up hours of observations is gruelling work under a full day of the African sun, particularly now that the ‘rainy’ season has subsided. The grasslands are drying quickly and the movements of natural life are evident in response to this seasonal change. The number of Burchells Zebra Equus quagga burchelli...

Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico – the Actam Chuleb Example

By Alanna Waldman As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems. The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface...

Homo denisova and Homo floresiensis in Asia and the South Pacific

By Paige Minteer The evolution of humans is the result of a number of speciation events that have built upon one another to create the modern-day human species: Homo sapiens. Humans are believed to have evolved from a line of ancestors dating millions of years ago and originating in Africa.  The subsequent Homo sapien ancestors dispersed across Europe...

A Persistent Case of Diabetes Mellitus in Guam

By Amanda Ungco Proud of their culture and successes, Americans have soaked up the American dream and have broadened their wings to influence the rest of the world. Many of these influences manifest themselves as good deeds, bringing students, volunteers and various charity organizations to third world countries in an attempt to better the universal...

An interconnected environment and economy- Shark tourism in Palau

by Brenna Schneider As a small, isolated island, the country of Palau has a limited number of income options. Today the tourism industry is a vital source of income for this nation state, as it makes up about 56% of Palau’s gross domestic product (GDP) (Vianna et al, 2012). There are more than 40,000 divers who visit Palau each year who spend money...

Before and After the Storm: The Impacts of Typhoon Bopha on Palauan Reefs

By Michael Young and David Ginsburg Editors Note: The team has been in Palau for the past week conducting surveys. This post deals with the central opportunity afforded by this year’s trip. Figure 1. The red arrow indicates where the storm veered south of Koror, Palau. Palau was still affected by the storm, but the most populous areas were spared...

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Selection Process

By Caroline Smith The term ‘Heritage’ is not always an easy word for people to define. However, a word that is often used to describe one’s heritage is legacy. It is what we have done in the past, and what we will pass on to the future. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, sums it up well by defining cultural...

The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute in the East China Sea

by Amelia Moura This figure shows the location of the islands in relation to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Map by Koo, 2010. The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have a long, complex, history of sovereignty disputes. This string of three uninhabitable islands and five rocks which, in total, amount to only 2.7 square miles in the East China Sea, has a past defined...

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