[Coral-List] Speak Up!

Michael Newkirk michaeljnewkirk at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 13:08:26 EST 2017

Hi Jim,

Thank you for the warm email. Although I am not a coral scientist (main
academic interests: sociolinguistics and biomechanics), I am fascinated by
the marine sciences. I really enjoy snorkelling and documenting what I see,
even up here in the cold waters of Canada!

I've really enjoyed the Coral-List thus far and the insight its members
provide on what's happening in our oceans. I follow up when I have time on
the links, technical info, and papers that members submit. I also used to
teach argumentation, so I find myself looking at the various discoursal
"moves" during debates. :)

Looking forward to learning lots more and contributing,

Editors Canada, member <http://www.editors.ca/directory/michael-newkirk>
EASE, member

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 7:20 AM, James Hendee <jim.hendee at noaa.gov> wrote:

> Greetings,
>     I'm sure you've noticed this, too, that there are a lot of the usual
> voices that speak up on Coral-List, which is great because they almost
> always bring up good points or new ways of looking at things, or they
> point to new or relevant research.  However, we currently have at least
> *9,330 subscribers* to Coral-List, and I'm sure there are a ton of
> opinions, viewpoints and excellent good ideas out there that aren't
> being expressed.  SPEAK UP, for cryin' out loud!  You're not a dummy!
> Your opinion counts, and boy do we ever need new and good ideas at this
> perilous stage of coral conservation.  If you just want to ask a
> question, speak up!  Of course we would all appreciate it if you did
> your homework before asking a question (including talking to your
> wonderful librarian!), but you should not be intimidated by the "Big
> Names" that speak in this forum.  Hey, I say dumb stuff all the time
> (just ask my colleagues!), but now and then I come up with a good idea.
> It's worth the effort.  We need young minds to look at things afresh!
>     I should also mention that I personally see value in posting new
> coral conservation related abstracts of recent and new publications.  I
> know some of you think that doing that is "shameless self-promotion,"
> but I would encourage you to look at the bigger picture.  So what if the
> bum is a shameless self-promoter, if the work is good enough to be
> published in a peer-reviewed journal, it almost always is good enough
> for us coral researchers and conservationists to know.  Let's face it:
> we can't read every journal article in every good journal, so reading an
> abstract informs us and helps us decide if we want to know more.  If
> reading a short abstract brings home to knowledge you can use, then it
> spreads the awareness of the bigger picture.  So get with the program!
>     Okay, I'm done ranting.  Carry on...
>     Cheers,
>     Jim
>     Coral-List Admin
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