Stocking the Lab with Megaverts

Sure I could have lab full of undergraduates, graduate students, and post doctoral fellows working away at my research. On the other hand I could use narwhalsthat is if toxic algae doesn’t kill them off too. Now if we could just get our cephalopod brethren to help out.

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

2 comments on “Stocking the Lab with Megaverts
  1. Actually, using animals as living bathythermographic samplers has been around at least as long as acoustic tagging has, but is even more commonplace now that the satellite tag technology allows for independent reporting without long days in chase boats.

    As I’d mentioned to my advisor, it’s probably not surprising that narwhals got the WashPost article before the fishes on this use — not only are they marine mammals, and therefore always “cuter” from a public relations perspective, but as anyone who has had a little girl knows, you should NEVER compete with a unicorn.

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