The Coffee Mug Meme

David over at the World’s Fair poses

1. Can you show us your coffee cup?

2. Can you comment on it? Do you think it reflects on your personality?

3. Do you have any interesting anecdotes resulting from coffee cup commentary?

4. Can you try to get others to comment on it?



Well judge for yourself…I will say that I purchased it at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute after my first research cruise and my first dive in a submersible (the one on the mug). Needlessly to say I am a bit sentimental and coffee tastes o’ the so much sweeter out of it.

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.