Wildlife, Cake And Cocktails

WCC Ep.48. Sea Snake Conservation with Blanche D’Anastasi

July 15, 2019

We’re joined by Blanche D’Anastasi to talk Sea Snakes, along with some insanely decadent Ocean Cake and Negronis to finish #NegroniWeek2019! Blanche is a marine biologist, applied conservation researcher & sea-snake expert, currently completing a PhD on threatened sea snakes at James Cook University. She’s a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Sea Snake Specialist Group, contributor to the IUCN Global Status Review of Sawfish, and research partner with OceanWise Australia. Blanche is also the Director of the Deadly Science Getaway, inspiring passion for science & leadership among young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women through remote field science expeditions. We discuss all things sea-snake related over our very rich drink and dessert pairing J Enjoy, and Happy #NegroniWeek everyone!

For more on the #DeadlyScienceGetaway, check out @deadly_science on Twitter and @deadlyscience on Facebook.

You can follow Blanche @SeaSnakeBlanche on Twitter & Instagram, check out @JCU on Twitter and @JamesCookUniversity on Facebook, and @OceanwiseAustralia for more awesome ocean conservation action.

For Sea-Snake ID, questions, and more, check out @AustralianSeaSnakes and @SeaSnakesGlobal on Facebook.

We’re joined by Blanche D’Anastasi to talk Sea Snakes, along with some insanely decadent Ocean Cake and Negronis to finish #NegroniWeek2019! Blanche is a marine biologist, applied conservation researcher & sea-snake expert, currently completing a PhD on threatened sea snakes at James Cook University. She’s a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Sea Snake Specialist Group, contributor to the IUCN Global Status Review of Sawfish, and research partner with OceanWise Australia. Blanche is also the Director of the Deadly Science Getaway, inspiring passion for science & leadership among young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women through remote field science expeditions. We discuss all things sea-snake related over our very rich drink and dessert pairing J Enjoy, and Happy #NegroniWeek everyone!

For more on the #DeadlyScienceGetaway, check out @deadly_science on Twitter and @deadlyscience on Facebook.

You can follow Blanche @SeaSnakeBlanche on Twitter & Instagram, check out @JCU on Twitter and @JamesCookUniversity on Facebook, and @OceanwiseAustralia for more awesome ocean conservation action.

For Sea-Snake ID, questions, and more, check out @AustralianSeaSnakes and @SeaSnakesGlobal on Facebook.

New Research:

Lillywhite et al. (2019) Drinking by sea snakes from oceanic freshwater lenses at first rainfall ending seasonal drought. PLoS ONE 14:2.

(https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212099)

Sherratt et al. (2018) Trophic specialization drives morphological evolution in sea snakes. R. Soc. Open Sci. 5: 172141.

(https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172141)

Suntrarachun et al. (2018). Identification of sea snake meat adulteration in meat products using PCR-RFLP of mitochondrial DNA. Food Science and Human Wellness, 7(2), 170–174. 

(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fshw.2018.04.002)

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