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You’ve reached the online home of Danielle Meitiv, the “Free-Range Mom” from Maryland I’m a scientist, writer, and parent of kids who roam. (You might have heard about that last part…) I have a Master’s degree in oceanography and a lifelong love of science and the sea. When I’m not penning or parenting, I work as a … More Welcome!

Hidden Baja Undersea Park Is the World’s Most Robust Marine Reserve

Hidden Baja undersea park is the world’s most robust marine reserve. ScienceDaily (2011-08-13) — A thriving undersea wildlife park tucked away near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has proven to be the most robust marine reserve in the world, according to a new study. The most striking finding is that fish communities at … More Hidden Baja Undersea Park Is the World’s Most Robust Marine Reserve

Sunday Beachcombing Booty: the Environment, Health, Writing and More

Beachcombing is one my all-time favorite activities. And why not? It happens outdoors, by the ocean and it’s best done barefoot! There’s a certain mystery about it: I can never anticipate what I’ll find and I’m sure never to find the same thing twice. (This is also why I love shopping at secondhand stores). Beachcombing … More Sunday Beachcombing Booty: the Environment, Health, Writing and More

Wonderful Waterful Thursday(?): Life in a Sometimes Ocean

Welcome to Wonderful Waterful Thursday! WWT as I like to call it is the extra special blog post that follows what would otherwise have been Wonderful Waterful Wednesday, if I hadn’t spent an extra five hours waiting in Baltimore-Washington Airport for a flight to California… What is a “Sometimes Ocean”? If you’ve ever visited the … More Wonderful Waterful Thursday(?): Life in a Sometimes Ocean

Taking My Muse on a Date: Round of Words Weekly Check-in

Week Two of a Round of Words in 80 Days, or #ROW80 for those of us who spend waaay too much time on Twitter. It’s been a good week. Among my goals for ROW80 is to work through Julia Cameron’s creativity rediscovery program as detailed in the The Artist’s Way. Each week there are specific … More Taking My Muse on a Date: Round of Words Weekly Check-in

Science and the Media, or How Science Advanced at AAAS 2011: Part I

Most science conferences are like little in-group parties, where people who know each other’s work intimately get together to discuss their latest results, and query each other about what to do next. Don’t get me wrong – I love them. You meet interesting people, learn A LOT, and come home with new ideas, and great … More Science and the Media, or How Science Advanced at AAAS 2011: Part I

Relics to Reefs: Taking Recycling to New Depths

Subway cars, shipping vessels, oil rigs, tanks, cement pipes, and piles of volcanic rock. These are some of the odd materials that rest on the sea floor, put there deliberately to serve as artificial reefs. The goal of these massive efforts, which included the sinking of the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg in 2009, is … More Relics to Reefs: Taking Recycling to New Depths