About oceanbites

oceanbites began as a sister site of astrobites.org, and now is part of the Bites Sites family of science blog sites, with the common goal of sharing scientific information translated by experts. The specific goal of oceanbites is to make cutting edge research accessible to all by explaining exciting recent literature in all oceanographic and marine biology fields in a way that non-experts can understand. oceanbites also highlights classic research papers, shares features about what it’s like to be a grad student in oceanography, and offers commentary about current issues and experiences in research.

oceanbites was started at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). Many current and former contributors are students at GSO or GSO alums, and we are extremely appreciative of the support and enthusiasm we’ve received from everyone at GSO. Our author base extends far and wide beyond Rhode Island, with students and scientists from across the US and Canada contributing regularly to the blog. Please check out our “Write for Oceanbites” page to learn more about becoming a regular author.

All photos used to make the header images and logo seen on the oceanbites web site are available for free from the NOAA Photo Library. Our logo is a drawing of Cololepsis logidens, a deep sea fish, from the 1912 text “From the Surface to the Bottom of the Sea” by H. Bouree.

As an independent graduate student organization, Oceanbites has been hosted and supported by the American Astronomical Society since July 2017. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any institutions the author(s) may be associated with.

Statement of Inclusivity

Scientists are members of a broad human community, and may thus experience societal prejudices that direct affect their ability to contribute to the scientific endeavor.  We at oceanbites support and encourage universal participation in science, regardless of minoritized status. We affirmatively declare our support for a scientific community open to — and providing support and safety for — every individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or medical condition. Such support includes ensuring that universities, laboratories, and professional societies do not tolerate any form of harassment, and have transparent procedures for addressing such harassment when it occurs. We reject racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and prejudice stemming from religion or citizenship.  Eliminating these injustices is the only way to ensure that all people can benefit from participation in the science, and we accept this task as integral to the pursuit of science and scientific outreach.



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