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About David Connell
Dave Connell is the Director of Digital Marketing at Ocean Conservancy. Some of Dave’s happiest memories have happened around the ocean—from building sand castles as a kid, to proposing to his wife, to watching his own children play in the surf. The ocean is where he feels most at peace. Dave’s job combines his passion for protecting the ocean with his love of computer technology—the latter love born from tinkering on the ancient Commodore 64.
As I look back at the run Ocean Conservancy has had in the digital space over the last several months, I can’t help but be proud and humbled:
Proud of the work we’ve done to create some fantastic products and campaigns to get our supporters more involved in the fight for a clean and healthy ocean. And humbled by the immensely talented and driven individuals I’m privileged to work and create with every day.
Sandy, which packed 90 mile-per-hour winds and dumped 12 inches of rain and snow across states ranging from New Jersey to Kentucky, was declared to be something other than a hurricane. It was, forecasters said, a post-tropical storm that combined with other weather systems to stretch 1,000 miles wide and create storm surges up to 11 feet.
As we catch up on our work and get back up to speed, here are some takes on Sandy from around the web that we’re finding particularly insightful. If you have stories to share, please leave them in the comments below:
Bob Marley and Gnathia marleyi, the blood-sucking parasite named after him. Credit: Ueli Frey and John Artim, Department of Biology, Arkansas State University
Really? Yes, really.
A newly discovered crustacean parasite found in Caribbean waters has been named after Bob Marley, the iconic, rebellious and soccer-loving (among other things) Reggae singer and guitarist. The species, known as Gnathia marleyi, was named after Marley “because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music. Plus, this species is uniquely Caribbean as was Marley,” according to Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor of marine ecology and a field marine biologist at Arkansas State University, who discovered the species.
So, just how similar to Marley is this tiny parasite? Let’s consider its eating habits:
“By concealing themselves within coral rubble, sea sponge or algae, juvenile Gnathia marleyi are able to launch surprise attacks on fish and then infest them.”
Yowsers! As a blogger and Bob Marley box set owner (and former Bob Marley black light poster owner) I am going to say, with some authority, that this crustacean is nothing like Bob Marley. But it’s still a pretty cool story.
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Earlier this month, Ocean Conservancy marked an exciting new chapter in its 40-year history. The staff celebrated our former President and CEO Vikki Spruill’s 16 years of service to ocean conservation as she embarked on a new career in philanthropy. And we have welcomed Janis Searles Jones as Ocean Conservancy’s Interim President and CEO while the Board of Directors undertakes a national search for a new one. Jones will continue to lead Ocean Conservancy’s conservation programs as she has for the past few years, providing visionary leadership in our work to protect the ocean for future generations.