Who Doesn't Like Being Told What They Are Doing Is Wrong?

Over at BlogCritics Magazine someone has critiqued DSN. ggwfung has not been so nice to my Sb’lings and they have in turn not been so nice back. That being said, ggwfung had some really nice things to say about us…

Deep Sea News is a partnership between Craig, a “post-doctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute”, and Peter, a “Graduate Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.” Fairly impressive titles, but this blog is salt of the earth, or in this case, salt of the sea. It casts back to the best traditions of popular science, sparking curiosity and bewonderment, explaining the phenomena in comprehensible language. It’s all about communication between the expert and an interested reader, a transfer of knowledge and ideas, sharing the passion. Multiple postings take place either daily or every other day, and when images are used, they are striking and effective. In fact, given the highly visual nature of their interests – the sea, it’s creatures, exploration vessels, wonderful kraken – photos could probably be used a bit more. And I’m also a big fan of sticking categories in the sidebar; don’t make me fish for it in the archives. Deep Sea News is a solid blog with wide appeal. Recommended.

Dr. M (1729 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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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 (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

2 comments on “Who Doesn't Like Being Told What They Are Doing Is Wrong?
  1. Kudos on a job well done. I hope you can still fit into your blessed cubicle on Monday morning. Maybe you could get you an ocean view office after this? The review still doesn’t use the big “S” title for you, but does refer to you as an ‘expert’. What’s in a name? A scientist by any other name would still smell as sweet. Congratulations again.

  2. I have thought your site and the entries from you and Peter have been very informative. I am not a science geek, I just try to teach elementary students the importance of our environment. I continue to find helpful information and beautiful pictures here for my reference and use in the classroom. Thank you. By the way, great picture, Peter. These do the two of you more justice, instead of the old ones.

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