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About Samantha
Freelance writer specialising in marine science, marine technology, policy, environment, conservation, and sustainability, I can help with your research, outreach, and communication needs.

Businesses, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, stakeholder groups, and others hire me to help with:

Storytelling and other written content, including:
📖 Content creation
📖 Case studies
📖 Success stories
📖 Evidence-based storytelling
📖 Press releases
📖 Plain language summaries

Evidence-based research, reporting, and synthesis, including
📚 White papers
📚 Green papers
📚 Reports
📚 Science

Communication Consulting and training including:
📣 Strategic communications
📣 Conference outreach
📣 Science communication training
📣 Speaking and workshops
📣 Ad-hoc advice and guidance

And more. Don't hesitate to reach out with your needs.
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Community-Engaged Research Archives

14 Jun 2024  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
In the Canadian Arctic, an innovative initiative called the Arctic Science to Art contest fosters communication between early-career researchers and northern communities. Canadian Science Publishing's 2022 efforts focused on community engagement, partnerships with scientific societies, and multi-sector collaborations. The article also touches on the merging of climate justice and open access movements during International Open Access Week.

Putting the Organic into Aquaculture

04 Dec 2023  |  The Fish Site
The article discusses the unique challenges and standards of organic aquaculture compared to terrestrial farming. There is no international standard for organic aquaculture, and different countries like Canada and the EU have their own standards. Certification schemes vary, with most requiring efforts to minimize environmental harm and maintain biodiversity. The use of synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and GMOs is generally restricted, with some exceptions. The definition of organic feed is debated, especially concerning wild-caught components. The US has yet to implement an aquaculture standard, causing industry frustration. The article also touches on animal welfare concerns and the environmental benefits of organic aquaculture, as shown by the University of Victoria's 'Global Aquaculture Performance Index'. Organic aquaculture is seen as more environmentally friendly and is in demand by consumers, though it doesn't necessarily translate to higher profits for producers due to higher operational costs.

Dive into one of these marine community science projects

25 Oct 2023  |  Ocean Oculus
Marine community science projects worldwide invite citizen scientists to contribute to marine conservation and research. Initiatives like the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network in Canada, Assiniboine Park Zoo's Beluga Bits, and the Marine Conservation Society's various UK-based projects encourage public participation in monitoring marine life and environmental changes. Tools such as the eOceans mobile app, EyeOnWater app, and NeMO-Net game facilitate data collection and analysis, promoting sustainable ocean health and biodiversity.

Elements of Science: What are the elements of a great abstract?

10 Oct 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
The article emphasizes the importance of crafting a well-written abstract for research papers, as it is often the only part of a study that is widely read due to accessibility issues and reader habits. Dr. Cecile Badenhorst and Dr. Bethann Merkle provide insights on creating an effective abstract, which should include a clear summary of the research problem, purpose, methodology, key findings, and a key message. The article also discusses the benefits of multilingual abstracts and the need for accessible language to reach a broader audience, including non-specialists and policymakers. It concludes by highlighting the necessity of practice and revision in writing a great abstract.

Always more to yield: unanswered questions in chemistry

01 Oct 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
Researchers have uncovered evidence of early chemical knowledge dating back 100,000 years in Blombos Cave, South Africa. The article explores significant unanswered questions in chemistry, featuring insights from Professor Ross Boyle of the University of Hull and Professor Stefanie Dehnen of Universität Marburg. Boyle focuses on the efficiency of synthetic porphyrins in mimicking natural processes, while Dehnen delves into the formation and catalytic activity of inorganic clusters. Both highlight the potential for advancements in health and sustainable technologies through deeper understanding of these chemical phenomena.

Self-farming aquaculture? It’s closer than you think…

01 Oct 2023  |  The Fish Site
Automation and AI are poised to revolutionize aquaculture, with projects like SINTEF's ARTIFEX and BioSort's iFarm leading the way. ARTIFEX aims to enhance safety by using unmanned vehicles for inspections and maintenance, while iFarm focuses on fish welfare through individual monitoring and targeted treatments. Both technologies are in development, with promising early results. Experts agree that while automation will reduce the need for constant human presence, key decisions will still require human input.

Chemistry community reacts to the sustainability challenge

01 Oct 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
The article discusses how the chemistry community is addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights contributions from various experts in the field, including advancements in antibiotic resistance, improvements in chemistry education, innovations in clean energy storage, and developments in carbon sequestration technology. The article underscores the importance of chemistry in tackling global challenges such as health, education, energy, and climate change.

Managing Healthy Lakes and Rivers for Healthy, Happy People

01 Oct 2023  |  Canadian Science Publishing
Lakes and rivers globally attract millions of visitors annually, supporting recreational activities that enhance health and wellbeing. However, these activities can negatively impact waterbodies. Dr. Markus Venohr's study, published in Environmental Reviews, emphasizes the need to manage social and environmental aspects of freshwater recreation synergistically. The study identifies gaps in understanding the impacts of recreation on freshwater environments and proposes a two-part framework to address these issues. The ongoing AQUATAG project aims to quantify recreational use and its environmental impacts in Germany, with social media data playing a crucial role in future research.

Elements of Science: What are the elements of a great title?

04 Jul 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
Effective scientific titles are crucial for capturing the attention of readers and accurately representing the content of research papers. Experts from various Canadian scientific journals emphasize the importance of avoiding overgeneralization, highlighting key information, and maintaining conciseness. They suggest that titles should be clear, informative, and relevant to the target audience, while also being mindful of word limits. Examples from the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences and the Canadian Journal of Plant Science illustrate these principles in practice.

Elements of Science: What are the elements of a great briefing note?

30 May 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
Dr. Victoria Metcalf discusses the importance of effective research communication in influencing policy making, emphasizing the need for clear and concise briefing notes to inform decision-makers. She outlines the various contexts in which briefing notes are used, the importance of understanding the decision-making process, and the strategic timing of delivering these notes. Metcalf also addresses the challenges of achieving policy influence and the interplay between the supply and demand for research evidence in policy making. The article references a report by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications on evidence-informed policymaking.

A snapshot of open data in Canada

09 Jan 2023  |  blog.cdnsciencepub.com
Canada is making significant strides in the open data movement, with 292 open access journals identified and multiple sectors embracing open data practices. Government policies are promoting open access to research outputs, though cost-related barriers exist for authors. The federal government provides over 30,000 datasets through its Open Data Portal, covering diverse topics. Open data is seen as a tool to build citizen trust, strengthen democracy, and improve community outcomes. The transition from 'secure by default' to 'open by default' is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of privacy, security, and ethical considerations. Representation and community engagement are crucial for realizing the societal benefits of open data, particularly for Indigenous communities, with the OCAP principles being essential for working with these groups. The future of data aims to be not just more open but also more just.

From the seawire: ocean news in August 2022

31 Aug 2022  |  oceanoculus.com
August 2022 saw a variety of marine and environmental news, including studies on sea turtle strandings in Brazil, orca interactions with boats in the Strait of Gibraltar, and the impact of climate change on marine species. New species were described, and the genetic history of eelgrasses was linked to their adaptability to climate change. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released ocean ecosystem estimates, while a global study tracked the vertical movements of elasmobranchs. China's dugongs became functionally extinct, and the UK reported increased jellyfish sightings due to climate change. The CMA CGM Group was recognized for decarbonizing shipping, and NOAA and CNES prepared to launch a satellite for tracking marine life. The UK's new Center for Seabed Mapping aims to deliver advanced mapping capabilities, and various studies highlighted the challenges and potential solutions for marine conservation and industry sustainability.

From the seawire: Ocean news in July 2022

29 Jul 2022  |  Ocean Oculus
In July 2022, UNESCO released a pilot State of the Ocean Report addressing challenges such as pollution and ocean economy. Studies revealed contaminants in Florida oysters and the increasing songs of Chagos' pygmy blue whales. AI is being used to understand sperm whale communication, while new species and the unique behaviors of marine animals like great white sharks and stingrays are being discovered. Conservation efforts include tracking whale sharks in Madagascar and protecting Māui dolphins in New Zealand. Technological advancements are aiding in marine research, from 3D-printed cameras for coral monitoring to limpet-inspired biomaterials. The Ocean Race initiated a campaign for ocean rights, and the EU's SEASTAR project will use IoT for aquaculture. The Global Plastics Policy Centre aims to combat plastic pollution, and international collaborations are being strengthened through the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance Declaration.

Guiding our decisions with geospatial glimpses from the past, present, and future

03 May 2021  |  Canadian Science Publishing
Scientists are using geospatial data to understand past, present, and future landscapes and ecosystems to make better decisions. Vanessa Friesen's geological study at Vale helps locate ore deposits by reconstructing volcanic processes. Chris Blackford's work in forestry management uses digital soil mapping and machine learning to predict soil attributes, aiding in forest management. Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz's research at Dalhousie University projects the impact of climate change on Canada's marine biomass, revealing potential decreases in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and increases in the Arctic.

Climate Policy Will Influence Future Forest Management

02 Jun 2020  |  Remsoft
The management of Cloosh Valley forest, dominated by Sitka spruce and Lodgepole pine, must adapt to climate change, environmental policies, and a growing bioeconomy. Lundholm's research using Remsoft's Woodstock Optimization Studio suggests a shift towards Lodgepole pine due to its suitability in changing conditions and policy demands. The forest's recreational and aesthetic value is maintained in the proposed management scenarios, despite uncertainties such as pest impacts. The study emphasizes the importance of considering various future scenarios to help forest managers adapt to a changing climate and policy environment.

The aquaculture pioneers who are embracing the renewable energy revolution

28 Aug 2019  |  The Fish Site
Aquaculture has a smaller carbon footprint compared to other industrial meat production, and it can be reduced further through renewable energy. Helleik Syse from Norway's Future Energy Hub studied renewable energy integration into Norway’s salmon aquaculture, finding wind and solar as the best options. Grieg Seafood is testing a renewable-powered feed barge with promising results. In Bangladesh, Dr. Amy Bilton from the University of Toronto is developing renewable-powered aerators for pond-based aquaculture to improve water quality. Both Syse and Bilton emphasize the importance of local factors and energy storage in the adoption of renewables in aquaculture.

Why climate change could mean more disease for marine aquaculture

15 Apr 2019  |  thefishsite.com
Climate change is increasing the risk of disease outbreaks in marine aquaculture due to higher temperatures, lower pH, reduced oxygen, and changes in salinity. These conditions stress aquatic species, making them more susceptible to diseases. Dr Tommy Leung from the University of New England and Dr Robert Ellis from the University of Exeter discuss the impacts of climate change on disease severity and duration, and the potential for increased parasite survival and reproductive output. Mitigation strategies include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, selective breeding for resilience, and considering new aquaculture locations. Early warning systems and close collaboration between scientists and aquaculturalists are essential for timely action against disease outbreaks.

Sea Shorts: The Wonder of the Moeraki Boulders

11 Dec 2018  |  Ocean Oculus
The Moeraki Boulders, located near Shag Point in New Zealand, are celebrated both for their natural beauty and their place in Maori legend. According to the legend, the boulders are the petrified remains of a shipwrecked canoe's eel baskets, calabashes, and kumaras. Scientifically, these spherical boulders are mudstone with calcite, formed during the Paleocene era and exposed through shoreline erosion. The boulders have also inspired various conspiracy theories, including the idea that they are alien eggs.

The largest fur seal in the world

10 Sep 2018  |  oceanoculus.com
The brown fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), the largest fur seal on Earth, has a split distribution with populations along the southwest coast of Africa and the southeast coast of Australia. The species comprises two sub-species, the 'Australian fur seal' and the 'Cape' or 'South African' fur seal, which are genetically similar but rarely interbreed due to the distance between their habitats. Genetic tests suggest the Australian sub-species emerged around 12,000 years ago, likely due to migration aided by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Despite historical hunting, both sub-species are currently experiencing population growth and establishing new colonies.

Unravelling the mystery of where Common Nighthawks fly

24 Jul 2018  |  Canadian Science Publishing
Common Nighthawks, a migratory bird species with declining populations, have been tracked using advanced GPS tags by researchers from the University of Alberta and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, revealed that these birds, which breed in North America, migrate only as far south as central Brazil, contrary to previous sightings in northern Argentina. The research, led by Janet Ng and Elly Knight, involved innovative methods to capture the birds and has paved the way for a larger tagging project to better understand and protect the species from threats like habitat loss and pesticide use.

Sea Shorts: The Art of the Cod Jig

05 Mar 2018  |  oceanoculus.com
The cod jig, a simple fishing tool consisting of a line wound around a wooden hand-reel with a weight and fish-shaped hook, is used from a small wooden boat called a dory to catch demersal cod near the ocean bottom. Fishers jig the hook in sharp movements to attract cod without bait, engaging in a battle to pull the resisting fish up to the boat.

Sea Stories: The Bluefish

27 Feb 2018  |  Ocean Oculus
The poem 'The Bluefish' by American author Isaac McLellan, from his 1897 work 'Haunts of the Wild Game', is shared to illustrate a segment of the western Atlantic food web. The poem is presented under the Public Domain licence.

Sea Shorts: The Birth of an Isthmus

05 Feb 2018  |  Ocean Oculus
Bruny Island off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, experiences strong westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties, which, along with gentler easterly summer breezes, carry sand, stones, and pebbles that accumulate over time to form a tombolo, a type of isthmus made of sand. The formation of this isthmus is also attributed to the rise in sea levels at the end of the last ice age, which resulted in Tasmania being cut off from mainland Australia and the creation of new underwater features that facilitated the collection of sediments.

Controlling the uncontrollable? Sea lice in salmon aquaculture

27 Oct 2016  |  sustainablefoodtrust.org
Salmon aquaculture in British Columbia faces significant controversy, particularly regarding sea lice infestations and their impact on wild salmon populations. The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation has opposed the presence of Cermaq and Marine Harvest salmon farms in their territory. Sea lice, which feed on fish tissue, proliferate in the confined spaces of salmon farms and spread to wild salmon, potentially increasing mortality rates. The industry has traditionally used chemicals like SLICE® to combat lice, but this has led to environmental concerns and drug-resistant lice. Alternative methods, such as the use of cleaner fish and technological solutions like the Stingray laser system, are being explored. Closed containment systems, such as those used by KUTERRA, offer a sustainable alternative, receiving recognition from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.

How special is a ‘Special Area of Conservation?

22 Nov 2015  |  The Hobo Scientist
The article discusses a controversial proposal to allow scallop dredging within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in Cardigan Bay, Wales. The SAC, designated under the EU's Habitats Directive, aims to protect various species and habitats, including the UK's largest breeding population of bottlenose dolphins. Currently, some scallop dredging is permitted in the SAC, but the proposal seeks to expand this due to claims of overcrowding and underutilized scallop populations. The Welsh government suggests that opening more areas to dredging could benefit the economy by £6-£10 million annually. However, environmental concerns include the potential damage to the SAC's features and the impact on the food sources for dolphins. Research from Bangor University's Fisheries and Conservation Science Group indicates that sustainable scallop fishing could be possible with careful management. The article raises questions about the trade-offs between economic benefits and environmental impacts, the adequacy of current fishery management, and the potential effects on dolphin populations.

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