Friday, June 8, 2012

World's Ocean Day

Wear blue, tell two. Today is World's Ocean Day and we are Celebrating the life and love of Dr. Ransom Myers.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Halifax June 7, 8, 9 & 10 to celebrate Ram's 60th birthday.

Ram's sister Susan Would like to visit with friends and fans of Ram. Visiting Halifax from North Carolina June 7 to 10. Ram would have been 60 on June 13. Email me at

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Goal - Eat Sustainable Seafood

In rememberance of RAM, I am going to learn the who, what, when and where of subtainable seafood. In the words of Ram's friend, David Suzuki, "we define sustainable seafood as being fished or farmed in a manner that can maintain or increase production in the long term, without jeopardizing the health or function of the web of life in our oceans."

My husband and I have an insatiable appetite for strimp and sushi salmon. Even though there are no "sustainable seafood" vendors anywhere near my rural homebase, I am only an hour or so from the Atlantic and should be able to figure this out!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A tribute to leave you breathless

"On the day that friends and colleagues heard that Ransom Myers died, the front pages of the many papers he had authored and co-authored over a prolific career appeared along the stairwell of the LSC’s biology wing.
It was the stairwell Dr. Myers would bounce up each morning, greeting students along the way, sloshing coffee from a china mug, conversing with his lab mates and reading a scientific paper — usually all at the same time. Dr. Myers, who died in 2007 of a brain tumor at the age of 54, was known for his boundless energy, passion and curiosity.
The spontaneous tribute was the work of two graduate students: Daniel Ricard and Coilin Minto. Now their effort has been made into a permanent memorial for a brilliant scientist and former head of what’s affectionately referred to as the “RAMpire.” (Dr. Myers was often called by his initials, RAM.)
At a lunchtime event on March 31, more than 50 people assembled in the biology wing and walked up the stairwell together—past “Phototaxis and cannibalism in gammaridean amphipods” and “Hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) pup production in the Gulf of St. Lawrence” and all the way up to “Saving endangered whales at no cost.” Starting off with a photo of Dr. Myers nose-to-nose with a gigantic leatherback turtle on the second floor, the tribute continues up to the eighth floor—a testament to his staggering output.
“How far would we get if we put a paper on each step?” said Mr. Ricard, explaining the genesis of the project. “We started taping.”
There are actually more papers—175—than steps. They include Dr. Myers’ landmark research papers on declining fish populations in the world’s oceans, published in such journals as Nature, Science, Ecology and the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
“I didn’t know how they appeared,” explains Keith Taylor, former Dean of Science, of the initial tribute three years ago, “but the impact was massive. It’s a very unique memorial to a scientist.”
Within days of his death, there were more papers to add to the stairwell. On March 27, 2007, a study by Dr. Myers and Julia Baum was published in the journal Science reporting that the over-fishing of large predatory sharks was having a cascading effect throughout the food chain. There have been at least 15 other posthumous publications.
For the students, taping up those papers helped them mourn their mentor. “It left us with a humbling feeling of what we could do in our careers,” says Mr. Ricard.
Publishing was Dr. Myers’ way of getting his research out; they were calls to action, opening salvos in ongoing arguments. Mr. Ricard recalls asking Dr. Myers’ how he would respond to his critics—“all the tuna people I worked with were up in arms,” he informs. To which Dr. Myers responded, “Let them publish.” " By Marilyn Smulders

Sunday, August 30, 2009

RAM to be honored at American Fisheries Society meeting in Nashville 8/31/09

My sister, my husband and I are in Nashville at the AFS meeting. We're here because our brother RAM is to be honored at the meeting. Since neither his widow or children could attend this one, we got invited! We are looking to meet friends of RAM who are attending or speaking at the meeting. We will staying at the meeting place Sunday night and leave Monday afternoon.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

RAM's Birthday June 13

Remember RAM on his birthday. He was born on Friday the 13th! This is one of the last pictures I took of him and is how i remember him.....thinking and smiling.