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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Experiential Learning and Communicating

Once, while lecturing 150 freshmen about the value of the natural world in which we live I paused and asked, "How many of you can tell me the current phase of the moon?” None could. Are we approaching some sort of endpoint in which contact with nature is optional to the human experience, absent rude [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Looking Ahead

Last week, my colleagues and I wrapped up our second annual Maymester course to Guam and Palau.While the course participants returned to Los Angeles, I stayed behind on the island of Guam to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and to begin sketching out a rough draft of next year’s scientific course content.   This [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife — Just When You Think It Can’t Get Any Better

Today, June 3, was our last day in Palau, and it was definitely a day to remember. We went on a kayaking tour around the Rock Islands led by one of the most inspirational, intelligent and adventurous people I’ve ever met in my life. Our tour guide Ron Leidich, a zoologist, showed and taught me [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Last Child in the Reef

When I first got wind of the details of the Guam and Palau research diving program, I thought there had to be a catch. A program that so perfectly combined academics and passion for traveling seemed too good to be true. However, less than 6 months later that skepticism has been washed away and the [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Peleliu: 67 Years after the Battle–a New and Different Conflict

The tiny island of Peleliu (5 square miles) is the second most southerly state of Palau — we reached it in 50 minutes on a very fast boat from the capital of Koror. Right: The war museum on Peleliu. A former Japanese command structure, it was hit repeatedly by American fire. Repaired and air conditioned, [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Palau Protects and Conserves

Our first day in Palau made me realize that, unlike the United States where the environment is often an afterthought, this is a place where people take pride in their connection to the natural world and work hard to protect it. As we took a bus tour through the countryside our guide explained the ties [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Preserving Biodiversity

For thousands of years people on Palau have used sustainable methods of fishing and preservation. The virtually untouched, biodiverse reefs and pelagic marine animals are a testament to these practices. In Guam, the coral is more homogenous and mostly scleractinian due to typhoons and anthropogenic stress — these reef structures were noted on each of [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Making a Difference: Environmental Students in Palau

Monday was our first day diving and snorkeling the Ngederrak Conservation Area of Palau. The difference in biodiversity along the reef crest was instantly noticeable as we dropped down to 25 feet and surveyed 50-meter transects. Applying belt transects to snorkeling also allowed us to survey the three to five foot reef flat, which differed [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–Reflections at the Edge of the Pacific Ocean

Since arriving in the Republic of Palau, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on our experiences on Guam (in which the environmental situation is dire). Many of the native forest animals on that island such as the Mariana fruit bat, Kingfisher and the Guam Rail (aka ko’ko’) are endangered, and in some cases, [...]

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Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife–the News from Guam

Each morning, a newspaper is slipped underneath our door. This morning, the front page of the Pacific Daily News read "Fishermen oppose reef bill." Pictured: Caitlin holds up the May 25, 2011, edition of the Pacific Daily News with the headline “Fishermen oppose reef bill” on the front-page center. Photo by Jim Haw. The paper is [...]

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Thank You, Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife

Today is the end of a series of dispatches we posted on our Expeditions blog – The ‘Problems Without Passports’ program at USC takes two experienced instructors and a number of students to do underwater research on the islands of Guam and Palau. I have immensely enjoyed working with the group and reading their posts [...]

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