We at DSN try to report on the research as it happens. Now we report on research before it happens! DSN’s old whipping boy Kevin Zelnio is currently running several posts of his dissertation proposal for International Dissertation Writing Month. Head on over and wish him luck as he preps for his exams in the next few weeks. The proposed research? An ambitious plan linking classical ecological & evolutionary paradigms of zonation, stress tolerances, facilitation, community structure, and biodiversity with faunal patterns at hydrothermal vents. No doubt novel research with important implications for assembly rules at reducing environments.