You don't like coconuts

At one of this holiday’s events, someone asked when I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist. It was college when I realized I could make a living by ‘playing’ in the ocean. However, I have always wanted to explore new frontiers both intellectually and physically. A quote from my favorite movie of all time from an explorer’s heart,

“You don’t like coconuts! Say, brainless, don’t you know where coconuts come from? Lookit here – from Tahiti – Fiji Islands, the Coral Sea!”
He pulls a magazine from his pocket and shows it to her.
“A new magazine! I never saw it before.”
“Of course you never. Only us explorers can get it. I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.”

Each day should be an exploration.

Dr. M (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.