Ph.D. student gets current on oceanography-mathematics options Ask A Member April 16, 2015 Q: AAAS member Rodrigo Duran, from Oregon State University writes: I am working towards a Ph.D. in physical oceanography and have a master’s in math. I am interested in a postdoc that combines the two with a bias towards math. The more math-oriented the better, although I do have a few problems in physical oceanography that I will use as postdoc-selection criteria. I see this as a sort of change in subject between my Ph.D. and postdoc and would appreciate any and all advice regarding this subject. VIDEO: The study of scallop evolution Video January 30, 2015 AAAS Fellow Thomas R. Waller, 77, is a curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. By examining both fossilized and living specimens of molluscan class Bivalvia (clams, scallops, oysters) under the microscope, Waller takes notes on morphology, looking for evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms. 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas Member Spotlight December 12, 2014 Despite being told that women do not study geology, micropaleontologist Ellen Thomas did just that. She studies deep-sea fossils to reconstruct past periods of rapid global climate change—knowledge that can be used to predict how current and future climate change will impact marine ecosystems. Besides getting muddy in the field, Thomas enjoys music and books and even has a book recommendation for fellow AAAS members. VIDEO: Researchers: When given a choice, fish prefer water in healthy habitats Video August 26, 2014 A new study in Science showed that young fish have an overwhelming preference for water from healthy reefs. The researchers put water from healthy and degraded habitats into a flume that allowed fish to choose to swim in one stream of water or the other. The researchers tested the preferences of 20 fish each from 15 different species and found that regardless of species, family or trophic group, each of the 15 species showed up to an eight times greater preference for water from healthy areas. Mark Hay is assisting coral survival [Ready for 2nd Edit] Mark Hay tracks coral health in Fijian waters Member Spotlight August 26, 2014 When people sense big trouble, they call for help. When the Pacific coral Acropora nasuta senses danger, it summons its own version of 911—an inch-long goby fish. The coral produces a compound that alerts the goby fish of the presence of poisonous seaweed that threatens the coral reefs. In response, the fish quickly gobble it up, thus protecting their own cozy reef home.  Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Member Spotlight July 14, 2014 Sometimes scientific data can be used to tell both sides of a story. Sometimes it’s the very thing that bridges divided interests, offering real-world solutions that speak where words have failed. AAAS member Tim McClanahan was banking on that in 1994 when he invited a disgruntled group of traditional Kenyan fishermen to meet with him and marine resource managers to try to hash out new fisheries management practices. He was stepping into the middle of a fire storm.  Kenneth Nealson Kenneth Nealson's discoveries defy long-held assumptions Member Spotlight May 19, 2014 When you step into Kenneth Nealson's lab, it would be normal to look around for the bench where his research is done. But in this lab, there aren't any signs that assign benches to specific researchers. "Oh yes," Nealson says, throwing out his arms. "All this is mine." Sally Walker wonders where have all the fossils gone? Sally Walker wonders where have all the fossils gone? Member Spotlight February 13, 2014 Even though Sally Walker’s first science experiment was technically a success, it did not get great reviews. Your chance to be featured in Science Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Answer this question: If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time? at Make sure to enter by the 14th February.  A selection of the best responses will be published in the April 4th issue of Science. See results from the last survey at Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Monday, November 25, 2013 The AAAS Council has elected 388 members as Fellows of AAAS for the year 2013. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, which will take place February 13 to 17. Learn more about this exciting new class on AAAS's website.