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 (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 (, 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.

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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