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Megan Chen

Megan Chen has written 43 posts for oceanbites

Green Eggs & Sand: A Horseshoe Crab Workshop

This month, a whole post about horseshoe crabs! How do they grow? How have they saved lives? The answer to those questions and to many more! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of […]

How fish can help design better filters

This new study takes a closer look at the fluid dynamics happening inside filter-feeding fishes. How might this save industries valuable time and money? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s […]

What happens to human health when we feed crops to farmed fish?

Feed for farmed seafood is relying on more land-based ingredients. As aquaculture production is projected to increase in response to rising human demand, the consequences for resource use and human health is changing. Read more to find out how! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri […]

Ice-Proof Penguin Feathers Inspire New Material

Unlocking the secrets behind penguin feathers’ ability to stay ice-free may help us make safer and better products. Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in […]

Sea of (Unromantic) Love: Strange Mating Behaviours

Tired of being alone on Valentine’s Day? Well, picture yourself in any of these animals situations and well, maybe it’s for the best. Featuring indiscriminate mating, golden showers and stabby & disposable penises. Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working […]

Whale earwax: a hearing aid & time capsule

How is whale earwax essential to whales, and how can it help whale conservation? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Ocean Education. I am […]

How to Stop Dragging Our Assets: The World’s First Fishery Habitat Quota

Setting limits on fish catch is standard practice in fisheries management. For the first time in history, limits on habitat damage was introduced in 2012 for the groundfish bottom trawl fishery in British Columbia. Was it successful? Read to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University […]

Northern Atlantic cod make an epic comeback

The collapse of Northern Atlantic cod was the textbook example of how overfishing can lead to a population crash. Decades after a moratorium was established, the cod are finally making a recovery. Find out why! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am […]

Oceanbites Mingles With ArcticMix (Part 1)

This is part 1 of 3 interview posts on the ArcticMix voyage. Scientists share their experiences with life aboard a cutting-edge research vessel! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in […]

Counterfeit fish: the extent of seafood mislabeling in the United States

Media coverage of a seafood mislabeling study in the U.S. has popularized the 2013 finding that one-third of U.S. seafood is mislabeled. What is the mislabeling situation now? Is it still as bad as we think, even worse, or better? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine […]

The Science Behind the Male Sea Sapphire’s Flash Dance & Disappearing Act

Male sea sapphires have the ability to flash brilliant colours, then seem to disappear. Read more about the science behind this incredible adaptation! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in […]

Ocean acidification may make “peekaboo” harder for shrimp

What happens to a shrimp’s shell when exposed to more acidic conditions? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Ocean Education. I am interested in […]

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2015 Highlights

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) is an annual event in Washington, D.C. that brings together a wide range of leaders a to discuss ocean science, policy and management. In case you missed it, read this for highlights! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, […]

Taiwan creates “Facebook” for sea turtles!

Photo ID databases have been used to estimate population sizes for zebras, cheetahs, whales, sharks dolphins, turtles and more. This tool has now spread to a new area. Introducing the first animal photo ID database in Taiwan for green sea turtles! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University […]

Lethal Injection: Crown of Thorns Edition

Predation by crown of thorns sea stars (COTS) is one of the main causes of coral reef decline in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Death by injection of sodium bisulfate is the most commonly used method, but this requires COTS to be removed from the reef and injected many times. Is there a better way? Read […]

Written in bone: what ancient Pacific Cod can tell us about sea level rise and mercury

Through biogeochemical analysis, researchers found that mercury levels in ancient Pacific Cod bones peaked at a time of deglaciation and sea level rise. Read more about the study, and what it may tell us about future climate change. Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in […]

Yee-haw! This jellyfish-riding lobster has special appendages to keep clean and be carried on

By riding jellyfish, this lobster larvae can travel the high seas, and have easy access to a convenient snack. But how do they deal with living in marine environments with constant exposure to bacteria, fungi, parasites and debris including smothering jellyfish mucus? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal […]

Anemones can do the ‘symbiont shuffle’ in the face of climate change

The bubble-tip anemone can harbour several types of algae or ‘endosymbionts’ simultaneously. This raises the question: are there advantages to hosting different types of symbionts? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian […]

Detach claw & flee: Strategies for porcelain crabs to evade immediate death from different predators

Autotomy or shedding an appendage can be a useful trick to escape from predators. Studies have shown that autotomy is an effective strategy for porcelain crabs to escape immediate death from larger predatory crabs. But how do porcelain crabs fare against rockfish with a different attack method? Read more to find out! Megan ChenI graduated […]

Penguins can rock their bodies without eating high trophic level prey

Prey of a higher trophic level does not necessarily translate to a higher body mass in rockhopper penguins. Read more to find out why! Megan ChenI graduated with a Masters of Coastal & Marine Management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland, and am currently working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History […]

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