A Plea for Forgiveness, 2017

The best part about “forgiveness” is that it contains the words “forgive” and “forgiven”. When you forgive someone, you are also being forgiven by God for holding grudges against that person. Mercy must always come before hatred, even in crazy times like these. If it does not, we will lose our own individual souls to… Read More

Off Topic: Terror Birds

Following the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, surviving species rapidly radiated across the planet, evolving into myriad bizarre and beautiful forms. In South America, an island continent until three million years ago, many weird and wonderful species emerged and disappeared. Three-toed horses, giant ground sloths, weird-hoofed mammals, giant rodents, and marvelous marsupials… Read More

On the Evolutionary History of Billfish

The Old Narrative When I travel to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, I traverse the Rickenbacker Bridge which overlooks Biscayne Bay. Miami, like much of South Florida, is a haven for large game fish like marlins, mackerel, and tuna. Or, at least, it once was. Conservationists and fishermen alike have collaborated to… Read More

On Remembering Auschwitz and the Holocaust

Yesterday was the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. It is a day of indescribable mourning for those who survived the Holocaust; a day of atonement for those who perpetrated it; and a day of awareness for those who choose to believe it never happened. In the years leading up to Holocaust, the Jewish… Read More

On the Golden Age of Sharks

When the Golden Age of Fishes ended 359 million years ago, more than 75% of Earth’s species were eliminated. The Devonian Period, as it was also known, was over. As life rebounded, a new era of abundance—the Carboniferous Period—had begun. On land, the world’s first rainforests emerged. Early clubmosses, conifers, and cycads—some more than 100… Read More