Real Time Dissertation

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.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

2 Replies to “Real Time Dissertation”

  1. Kevin’s also hosting the geology carnival The Accretionary Wedge (here)

    Craig…nice running into you today, drop a line next time you’re coming over the hill

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