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Alison grew up in a small fishing village in Scotland, an experience that shaped her views on nature and the ocean, and launched a lifelong passion for wildlife and wild spaces. She completed a B.Sc. in Zoology and an MA in film making and has spent the last two decades communicating about the intricacies of life on planet earth. Alison is an award–winning filmmaker and her films have been shown on National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and PBS. Alison works as the Director of Communications for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation where she writes for print, online, and social media platforms and oversees all films, live broadcasts, and events on behalf of the Foundation.

Nemo and the Zombie Anemone

Comparing a bleached anemone to the undead may be a bit of a stretch, but it is fair to say a bleached anemone is hovering somewhere between life and death and depending on what happens next, it can go either way. We got a closer look at the phenomenon of bleached anemones earlier this year…

New App Gives Fishers a Voice

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras seems like an unlikely place to launch a custom-built app that collects fishing data but that’s exactly what a dedicated team from the Center of Marine Studies (CEM) in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution did earlier this spring. Dr. Stephen Box, from the Smithsonian, heads up the team…

Palau’s Reefs: Journey from Destruction to Recovery

Written by Alison Barrat and Andy Bruckner On a scientific expedition to Palau this January we saw thriving coral reefs that contained many species of large, healthy corals, and only a few miles away we found desolate looking reefs that had virtually no coral at all. Our science team recorded conditions that were optimal for…

Lewis Pugh Swims the Seven Seas

Lewis Pugh was recovering at home in South Africa when I spoke with him by phone. Just four days earlier he had finished a monumental swimming challenge, completing seven long-distance swims in under a month. He quietly said “It was much harder than I thought”, which was a surprising admission from this world-renowned endurance swimmer.…

Green Snails: Valuable Aliens

By Alison Barrat and Alex Dempsey You don’t have to look too far to find a horror story about an invasive species that has completely disrupted a natural ecosystem. Cane toads in Australia come to mind or pythons in the Everglades or even lionfish in the Caribbean.  But what about introductions that have gone well?…