Articles by Madison Rae

Maddy is a third year student at UCSD, majoring in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. When she's not writing for SQ Online, she spend her time making art projects, playing ukulele, and doing improv comedy.


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Pacific Plastic

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   The beautiful beaches of San Diego and the rest of the Pacific ocean are facing significant threats from something man-made and nearly invisible: plastic pollution. Conservation groups inundate us with images of necks and fins trapped by soda rings, whales and dolphins tangled in discarded plastic…

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Succulents: Aesthetic Aspirations

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Between UC San Diego’s student organizations’ sales pitches and sponsored craft events, succulents are nearly always available on campus. Off campus, one only needs to go as far as a local hardware or grocery store to find these plants for less than $10. In sunny California,…

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Escaping Extinction

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) ___________________________________________________________________________ With the good news that giant pandas are no longer on the Endangered Species list, it’s time to take a look at all of the lists predicting extinction risk for different species. What do the many conservationist terms mean, and why are they so important? Endangered…

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Sustainable Seafood

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) ___________________________________________________________________________ Some fish are infamous for looking unpleasant to eat. Pufferfish are spiny and need to be prepared properly or they can be poisonous. Lionfish are beautiful, but covered in venomous spines. Deep sea fish often look more alien than edible. But fish from a local restaurant…

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America’s Best and Worst Air Quality

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) _____________________________________________________________________ California is well-known for its strict environmental standards: we see their influence in higher gas prices, decreasing plastic bag and bottle presence, increasing use of reusable products, and numerous national parks and protected areas.  Californian state universities and cities like San Francisco are working toward becoming…

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The Economic Worth of Conservation

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) _____________________________________________________________________ How do we determine the economic worth of conservation? Some people believe nature’s value comes from untouched beauty, while others believe the value lies in what resources nature can provide for us. Environmental economists, ecologists, and economists at the University of Illinois joined forces to determine…

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The Future of Science Education

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ We are living in a complicated era for education. With the new presidential administration, changing standards and curriculums, and many different attitudes toward the sciences across our nation, it’s hard to predict the future of science in our schools. In the past, the common method of…

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Sharks: Our Misunderstood Neighbors

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” — Jaws is just one example of the many movies featuring a shark as the villain. With their sharp teeth, dark eyes, and nearly 400 million-year history, they are easy to paint in a frightening light. But, in actuality, sharks…

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Conservation and Ecotourism

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ With summer and winter break behind us and spring break close ahead, many of us inevitably have travel on our minds.  Luckily for those of us in California, we’re living in a state with 27 national parks and 36 national natural landmarks. Millions visit the parks…