A lot of planning goes into our theme weeks at DSN. It usually starts several months prior with a simple idea born out of discussion that start with “Wouldn’t it be cool”. I love theme weeks! As I ready the posts for the week, I am giddy with anticipation. Behind the scenes, things are frantic as we assemble posts, plan the event, set our strategery, and initiate a blitzkriegs of emails. Theme weeks allow us to focus on interesting topics and potentially ‘school’ the public on new or overlooked research while potentially generating some excitement. We hope these events also generate some readership and link love for DSN and ultimately build our readership. Additionally, theme weeks allow Peter and I to heave the workload on others as we strive to bring experts here to post on their research.
I am very excited about Microbe Week an idea spawned from the comments on Megavertebrate week. Our guest editor, creative backbone, solicitor, and originator of the theme is Christina Kellogg a microbiologist with the United States Geological Survey. Christina’s publications are expansive ranging from microbial biodiversity to the transport of microbes across the Atlantic from Saharan dust storms. Her awards and honors are equally impressive, a Mendenhall Fellowship to name just one. Needless to say you are in great hands this week!
With a view toward the future we are beginning to kick around ideas for the next theme week. Deep Thinkers, Fossil Week, Wreck Week, Meiofauna Week?. The key to future happenings is your participation and suggestions so we invite you to contribute ideas!