Hello and welcome to Hardtack and Sardines!

This blog is my experiment in science poetry, creative writing, and photography. As a student of marine biology and science blogger, I’ve found that many of the things that inspire me about science cannot be expressed through conventional science writing. I needed an outlet to embrace “the poetry of reality“, thus, Hardtack and Sardines was born.

Why hardtack and sardines? In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt went on an extended camping trip through the Yosemite wilderness with naturalist John Muir. The outcome of this trip was the creation of the national park system and the birth of the environmental movement. Both Muir and Roosevelt were accomplished naturalists, with contributions to ecology, botany, and geology, yet they are remember most not for their science, but for the ways they inspired people – either through writing or policy. During this trip, Roosevelt ate nothing but hardtack and sardines.

Who am I? I’m a graduate student at the Duke University Marine Lab studying population genetics and connectivity among populations of deep-sea hydrothermal vent-endemic organisms in the western Pacific. You may recognize me from my other blogging adventure, Southern Fried Science, where I write about marine biology and policy, and occasionally wax poetic about the great American novel – Moby Dick.

So welcome to my adventure and I hope you’ll stick around.


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