Since the 19th century, universities’ raison d’être has been to achieve societal impact through high-quality education and research . In this globalised world, with its ever increasing human population and pressure on ecosystems, our societies become more and more dependent on new and reliable knowledge and on a highly educated workforce . In academia, the […]Read More My personal point of view as an early-career research scientist.
An international team led by researchers from the University of Liège used underwater audio recordings for understanding fish diversity in the Mediterranean Sea. The research team included a MSCA-COFUND postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Marta Bolgan) based in the European leading laboratory in the field of functional morphology of fish sound production mechanisms (MORFONCT; Prof. Eric Parmentier) and […]Read More SONATA FOR TELEOSTS: FISH SOUNDS AS PROXIES TO LEARN ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF SPECIES
In recent years, human movements linked to changes in the environment or as a result of fleeing from poverty or war, have grown rapidly and have gained increasing visibility among scientists and policy makers. At the radio, on social media, on television, we often hear of a “migration crisis” when referring to the hundreds of […]Read More MIGRATION IS NATURAL
Aquatic habitats are no “silent world”; they are filled by several, different sound sources. Waves and water turbulences are examples of physical sources of sounds, but physical sources are not the only ones. An immense variety of aquatic animals depends on sounds for activities that are crucial for their survival, and their vocalisations are called […]Read More AQUATIC HABITATS: A SILENT WORLD?
Nature and its ecosystems provide a range of services to humans, many of which are of fundamental importance for our well-being, health, livelihoods and survival. The services that nature provides are called by scientists “ecosystem services”. Ecosystems services include, among others: Provisioning services: food, water, air, raw material, genetic resources, medicinal resources, ornamental resources Regulating services: […]Read More THE VALUE OF NATURE
Land and sea, no matter where we are, are connected. Any trash that is disposed of improperly can potentially enter the ocean or other waterways, and anyone who disposes of trash improperly can be a source of marine debris! Yes, even you! Marine debris is one of the greatest threats our ocean faces (check our […]Read More SIMPLE ADVISES FOR REDUCING OUR LITTERING FOOTPRINT
Which is the level of public awareness on marine pollution? New video on Artemis Eyes Channel! (Youtube link: Marine Pollution Awareness- video) In December 2015, an online survey was made public on the ec.europa.eu website; the survey was about public perception of marine pollution. The questions were few and simple: do you think that chemical pollution […]Read More MARINE POLLUTION AWARENESS
Microplastics (<5 mm in their longer dimension) have become ubiquitous within our aquatic environments and are understood to be the most abundant type of plastic in the ocean. Microplastics have been found almost everywhere scientists have sampled; from near-shore environments to the open ocean, within sediments of estuaries and deep sea waters and in freshwater […]Read More PLASTIC MICROBEADS: MAKE A RESPONSIBLE CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE.
Covering nearly three-quarters of the Earth, the ocean is an extraordinary resource. We depend on our ocean for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The ocean sustains nearly half of the global primary production and it is home for a multitude of marine organisms. It supports fishing industries and […]Read More PLASTIC POLLUTION: A WAVE OF PLASTICS
Currently, we are living in the geological epoch of Holocene. The Holocene started 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, and it was characterised by a period of stable climate during which all human civilisation developed. However, since the mid-20th century, the Earth has witnessed a dramatic acceleration of carbon dioxide […]Read More ANTHROPOCENE: IS HUMANKIND IRREVERSIBLY CHANGING THE PLANET?