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Science is collaborative by nature and necessity. The ideas, expertise, infrastructure, and application of science are broadly distributed and demand the collective efforts of many. Increasingly, science’s collaborative needs stretch across national boundaries requiring multi-national cooperation. This is apparent in projects ranging from the International Space Station (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html) to the recently completed global Census of Marine Life (http://www.coml.org). The Census was an ambitious attempt at cataloging Earth’s marine ecosystems in their current condition, chronicling what is known about them historically, and exploring what they may look like in the future. Seeking answers to such ambitious questions is both international and collaborative by definition. I had the opportunity to contribute to CoML endeavors while attending graduate school in New Zealand. My research focused on highly migratory fish species like marlin, tuna, and sharks which call ...