Dr. Christian Heesch Reached to the Stars

Dr. Christian Heesch reached for the stars when taking on the challenges of becoming a Marine Biologist. He continued full steam ahead with his career by furthering his education and receiving his Ph.D. in Marine Biology.

The fact that he is not afraid to get his feet wet or hands dirty, drives him forward and gives him a great sense of appreciation for the environment. One of his life’s goals is to build a marine sanctuary. Dr. Heesch has even chosen a name for his future sanctuary, “The Soldiers of the Ocean”. He envisions his sanctuary will additionally assist the preservation of marine life by educating visitors of the sanctuary in a fun and exciting manner.

Interning with the Department of Environmental Conservation in the State of New York provided Dr. Christian Heesch with insight and experience, providing the steam for him to move ahead in his career goals. During his internship there he carried out duties that included the following responsibilities:

  • Reviewed tidal wetlands, including the dredging and dredge material management and permit applications.
  • Advised and assisted regulatory parties with the developing sampling plans, permit applications, and regulatory reviews.
  • Assisted in the development of sustainable and economically feasible dredging and dredge management practices, technologies, and placement sites.
  • Took part in reviewing existing policies, procedures, and regulations, as appropriate.
  • Participated in harbor stakeholder groups.
  • Inspected and monitored permitted dredging and dredge material management projects in the marine environment.
  • Inspected and monitored restoration projects for compliance.
  • Developed and implemented marine restoration projects using dredged sediments.
  • Built and maintained relationships with government and harbor stakeholders.
  • Provided support for seasonal window workshops with harbor stakeholder groups.

Dr. Christian’s Vacation to the Coral Reefs of Florida

Dr. Christian Heesch takes time for vacation and relaxation with the opportunity arises. Although his work as a Marine Biologist is very demanding and doesn’t allow him much down time, he recently embarked on an amazing adventure to Boca Raton, Florida, and the Florida Keys.

With the sole intention of relaxing, Dr. Heesch decided to go to Red Reef Park in Boca Raton. When he went scuba diving, he made amazing discoveries in the coral reef homes of familiar tiny organisms.

Realizing the Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the United States, he decided to head south of Boca Raton to the Florida Keys. The Florida Reef is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world. Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Reef. Coral reefs serve as a great marine resource to our oceans.

Not totally abandoning his vacation intentions, Dr. Heesch often dined out in restaurants to savor the local cuisine. Engaging conversions with other customers validated the impact his research and studies in marine biology have on human life and enjoyment.

From professional fishermen to tourists, the importance of discovering ways to protect and preserve marine life, in any form, came full circle in his mind. Returning home to his long life State of New York, Dr. Christian Heesch smiled at the thought of the old saying, “We’re all in the same boat.” His vacation truly was a “hands-on” learning experience in the study of oceans and an enlightening experience in the significance of marine biology to fellow human beings.

Dr. Christian Heesch has Great Concerns Regarding Overfishing

As a marine biologist, Dr. Christian Heesch is greatly concerned with the livelihood that feeds billions of people in the world today, fishing. The horrifying consequences of overfishing are as follows:

  • For every pound of seafood that makes it way to the market, more than 10 pounds is wasted.
  • 90 % of large predatory fish such as tuna, swordfish and sharks are now gone.
  • 90% of large whales are gone.
  • 60% of small whales are gone.
  • In coastal waters, 100 million sharks are killed every year.
  • 100,000 albatrosses are killed every year.Research studies project that by the year 2048 all the species that we fish today will be extinct. That is only 38 years from now. The fact that many humans enjoy eating salmon, sushi and tuna are not the biggest reason for preventing the extinction of these species.

    Overfishing is destroying a food chain system that has been kept in balance by evolution through the millennia. Over the past centuries, humankind has regarded the ocean as a never ending source of fish, shrimp, and crab. Research and studies regarding overfishing lead us to the implementation of rules and regulations. The data collected over the years shows that these measures will not prevent the exhaustion of fish stocks. The more species that are threatened with extinction, the more ecosystems that are threatened with destruction. In the end, human beings and their future generations will suffer the most from the exhaustion of our seas. Fish is a valuable source of nutrition. It is rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and iodine. Just as New York is populated with people of diversity, the ocean is populated with diversity. As humans, we need to take the steps that not only help populate and replenish our waters but prevent overfishing for future generations.

    Global warming has a profound negative effect on our fish population. When the temperature increases, oxygen levels are lowered and affect the growth of fish. The size of the fish species will be significantly smaller, requiring more fish to feed the human population. Global warming will also cause the migration of most fish towards the poles, which will reduce their body size as well. The reduction in body size adversely affects the reproductive process of fish. Smaller fish produce smaller and fewer eggs.

    Dr. Christian Heesch strongly encourages everyone to do their part in solving the problem of overfishing and reducing global warming. Using fewer fossil fuels in our daily lives can be accomplished through solar power. We can all support the research and studies of environmental groups, marine biologists, and any agency that campaigning against global warming and overfishing.

Dr. Christian Heesch Shares the News of the Return of the Phoca Vitulina

Dr. Christian Heesch enjoys the opportunity to attend lectures at Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Last spring, he felt fortunate to be able to attend the lecture presented by guest speaker, Jonathan Ping from Pennsylvania State College. The lecture: “What can be done to Encourage the Return of New York City’s Wildlife” was perhaps one of the most interesting he has attended.

This informative lecture discussed in detail the return of native fauna to New York City’s environment after years of being pushed away by the presence of human beings. The fact that these charismatic animals are resurfacing in the city signifies the changes in ecological, environment, and their behavioral changes as well.

Although the lecture covered other examples of wildlife, the main focus presented in the information dealt with the harbor seal. Over 100 years ago the Phoca vitulina practically became extinct to the local waterways of New York City. However, over the past few decades, they have slowly been returning to the foreshores of New York boroughs.

As a result of their return, the Center for the Pinniped Ecology & Cognition started a study of these delightful creatures about five years ago. Through the monitoring of the demographic and behavioral trends of seasonal individuals, C-SPEC has been able to determine that ecological and environmental conditions must have improved.

In addition to their fieldwork, the researchers engaged in studies of cognition and sensory perception in the laboratory. The results of these studies were informative regarding how these abilities operate to negotiate the natural environment.

Since the C-SPEC is fully committed to citizen science and STEM education, they were excited to see the return of the harbor seal in New York’s backyard. Sharing their knowledge through educating the community is an important part of their commitment. The return of the seals, who possess so much character, suggests that conditions that enable their existence have improved in New York City.

This gives everyone hope for the future, as there will always be an interaction between humans and animals. Research and studies contribute to the improvements and conditions that enable the success of all existing life forms in an urban ecosystem.

Although the harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) don’t speak English, they communicate and interact with humans in many other ways. They truly are amazing creatures.

As a marine biologist, Dr. Christian Heesch is delighted when he witnesses the return of an endangered species to his home state of New York. After the lecture, he met up with a few colleagues from his college days, at the local Starbucks. Enjoying the stimulating conversation over a cup of coffee, he passionately shared his opinion of the lecture.

Dr. Christian Heesch – Tips For Novice Stamp Collectors

Dr. Christian Heesch, working during the daytime as a marine biologist, has been collecting stamps for a number of years and he now has a number of rare pieces that he is happy to put on display. The hobby can be somewhat intimidating for those who are new to it, particularly as there are so many stamps out there to collect, so consider the following tips if you are new to the activity and want to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Invest In Tongs

One of the first things that you buy when you start collecting, outside of an album to put your stamps in, is a good pair of tongs. This is because handling your stamps with your fingers can cause a range of different issues, not least of which is the wear and tear that can devalue the stamp if you mishandle it. Get a pair of tongs and ensure they are kept clean at all times.

Collect First

While it will always be tempting to start looking for big-money stamps that can act as investments, it is important that you spend some time getting to understand your new hobby and developing a passion for it. Every stamp has a story behind it, so make it a point to collect first and then start looking towards investment opportunities when you have a little more experience.

Join A Club

Dr. Christian Heesch notes that there are many clubs available for those who want to explore stamp collecting further. These will allow you to learn more about the hobby from those who are more experienced and give you a chance to share your passion with like-minded people.

Dr. Christian Heesch – Traits A Good Scientist Must Have

Dr. Christian Heesch is a marine biologist who uses scientific method in an effort to ensure that all of his research is conducted to a high standard. As a scientist, he understands that all of the work that he does must be accurate in order to be taken seriously. Good scientists have a number of other qualities that make them well-suited to the role, regardless of their fields of study.

Curiosity

Scientists should be very curious people who are capable of looking at things that many others take for granted with the aim of finding explanations for them. Without curious mindsets, scientists will find it hard to create hypotheses and will also struggle to follow-up on any ideas that they do have, often through a lack of motivation to continue if research starts taking a long time.

Patience

Scientists must be capable of playing the long game with their research at times, as there is no guarantee in any study that the results they are looking for will actually occur. It can take many years just to experience a single breakthrough in their fields, so scientists need to understand that all of their work has purpose and find ways to continue with it, even when their patience has been stretched thin.

Detail-Oriented

Dr. Christian Heesch makes sure to check everything that he does so that it is as accurate as possible. Scientist must be detail-oriented and capable of spotting little patterns that may lead them to revelations. They must also be capable of noticing mistakes in their work, so that they can be corrected before publishing.

Dr. Christian Heesch Gives Football Facts for New Fans

Watching football during each season is a hobby of marine biologist Dr. Christian Heesch. He has been a fan of the sport since he was small, learning much of his knowledge from his father. He enjoys meeting people who are unfamiliar with the sport, and teaching them the basics. Starting with the most rudimentary rules and topics, he gives the following education to his friends.

  • American football is a team sport that is highly competitive. Two teams meet on the football field to try and best the other with a higher point score. Each team is divided among an offense and defense. The offensive goal is to score points for their own team. The defensive goal is to prevent the other team from scoring points while they are in possession of the football.
  • Since its inception, the National Football League (NFL) located in the United States, has overseen all of the rules and regulations that governs professional American football. Each of the thirty-two professional football teams must adhere to the NFL rules.
  • There are only five possible ways to score points when playing football. Both the offense and defense have the potential to score these points. The most common point scoring plays are a touchdown or a field goal. These plays will earn their team six or three points, respectively. When a touchdown is scored, the team who hold the ball has the option of kicking a short field goal for one extra point, or attempting a two-point conversion play for two additional points. Lastly, if the defense is able to tackle or sac the other team’s quarterback while he is in possession of the ball in his own end-zone, the defense’s team will receive two points for what is known as a safety.
  • On average any single American football team has roster of fifty-two players. However, many of those players do not get to be on the field during a standard football game. According to NFL rules, a team can only have eleven players on the field at one time. This means that they either have eleven offensive or defensive players handling the ball and making plays. The remaining players on the sidelines are there as a backup in case of injury.
  • Aside from the offense and defense, there is a third category of players that is smaller but equally important, called the special teams. The special teams are made up of kickers, returners, snappers, and tacklers. These players are only on the field (not always together) when the ball is being punted or when a field goal or extra point is attempted.
  • Of all of the player positions in football, Dr. Christian Heesch’s favorite is the Tight End.