Thursday, 21 January 2016

MONSTER story ATTACKS journalist!

Credit: © Alison Kock, Save Our Seas

By Ryan Pearson

In a creepy turn of events today, a sneaky scientist/blogger wrote a monster story attacking today's journalists. He chose his words for maximum impact and clickability, with no regard for the damage they might cause deep in the psyche of human society. Or, at least he's about to... Click here to continue reading... (or just scroll down the page).

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Avoid the zombie apocalypse, go out for a jaywalk today!

Anti-jaywalk campaign. Photo from

By Ryan Pearson

I had a thought just now, I'm sure it's not an entirely original thought at its core, but some of the rabbit holes it lead my twisted, backwards thinking brain down just might be. So, hold your breath, here it is...
Jaywalking (as a 'crime') is bullshit!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Australian Political DIY - "Let's have a Party"

By Ryan Pearson
This is difficult for me because, as narcissistic as I may be, I don’t want to be a politician. I don’t want to constantly be in the spotlight. And I don’t want the scrutiny of the world on every decision I make. I'm certainly not saying running a country is easy, but, I can’t sit back and watch myself die a little on the inside every time one of our political ‘representatives’ speaks. 

So please, let me have an idealistic rant. A rant for the ages (overstatement). A rant to end all rants (also clear overstatement). Really, a rant that I hope will begin to instill some thoughts of change and opportunity in you


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Free Jobs for the Gold Coast!

The beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater (Source:

By Ryan Pearson
I've already touched on this in my previous post, but since there have been some updates on the proposal since that was published, I'll add to it here. ASF has recently released their Economic Impact Report which assesses the benefits and *ahem* 'impacts' of their proposed development of Wavebreak Island and the Gold Coast Broadwater. I say 'impacts' because they literally claim this project "will not generate any competitive impacts" in the initial phase, and that the retail segment "will not compete with local oriented centres". Really? So dredging operations won't compete with diving and surfing businesses? New shops won't compete with old shops? Really, really?

Anyway, the point is - this appears to be not much more than an intricate (yet poorly constructed) fluff piece which is designed at selling the project to the council and community rather than offering a realistic assessment of the true impacts. So, here I'll have a quick look at the job forecast they put forward to assess its legitimacy...

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The many benefits of Tony Abbott's petrol tax hike.

Image Source:

By Ryan Pearson
What's this you ask? This author is actually backing a policy decision by Mr Abbott's LNP Government? Well, before the world (or your head) implodes, have a read of the reasons...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

What is wrong with the cruise terminal proposal on the Gold Coast?

The ASF proposed development of Wavebreak Island and the Spit. Sourced from The Gold Coast Bulletin
By Ryan Pearson

The debate goes on. Yet while there are many voices from both sides of the argument, the more I talk to people about this project, the more I reaslise that most of the Gold Coast community simply hasn't done any research into the perceived benefits or impacts of this proposal. I understand that most people don't have time to read a lot of information outside of their work, family, and social lives so here I plan to offer a very concise list of the issues surrounding this project.

That said, it seems the sheer number of issues surrounding this project means it's near impossible to summarise them concisely. So, I apologise for the length, but it's as short as I could make it while covering the major points.

Please read, and give yourself the opportunity to develop some informed opinions rather than simply opinions.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

The Incredible Bowra Station

A thirsty Galah (Elophus roseicapilla) Photo: Ryan Pearson

By Ryan Pearson
Over New Years this year I had the pleasure of spending almost a week at Bowra Station (outside of Cunnamulla), a wildlife sanctuary run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. This was my first ever trip into semi-arid Southwest QLD, and damn was I impressed. 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Climate Change: Our Backs to the Future

By Ryan Pearson
This week climate change has been at the forefront of the media, and is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, it's for all the wrong reasons because, in his first couple of days as Australia's new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has already made his agenda abundantly clear. There is no space under his government for environmental protection, or those who endorse it.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

One way ecology could save the planet!

By Ryan Pearson
Ecology is a science. To the layperson it is not as famous a science as the 'big three' - physics, chemistry, and biology - but it's a completely valid science, and arguably one of the most complex. In this day and age, a time of rapid global change, it is also arguably one of the most important sciences.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Into the Twilight Zone: Some cutting edge exploratory science!

By Ryan Pearson
As I believe I've made abundantly clear already, I'm a scientist, and I'm particularly fascinated with the marine world. For the past few months I have been focusing my research efforts into some of the deeper water rocky reefs offshore from the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) sampling techniques, I've been looking particularly closely at the number and types of scavenging species that occur at these reefs between depths of approximately 30m-85m. This zone in scientific terms is called the mesophotic zone which roughly translated into plain english means 'middle light'. That means there is some light available, but it is at much lower intensities than in shallow waters or at the surface. Combine this intermediate light phenomena with the Gold Coast's location firmly in the sub-tropics and we get to see some very interesting dynamics between tropical and temperate fish species from both shallow and very deep water.