When I was invited to join Deep Sea News two years ago I must admit I hesitated. I took a deep breath and held it for like 45 seconds in a simulated free dive. Then, I said “yes, wow, what an amazing idea”. Craig’s passion for the deep-sea is obviously contagious. Who would have thought we could fill 5 pages a week with Deep Sea News?
Here we are 2 and a half years and almost a thousand posts later. Readership has increased by an order of magnitude, and we’re bringing on a third guy. The addition of Kevin Zelnio to the Deep Sea News staff is a sign of growth in the blogosphere.
Like Craig says, we’re not just getting bigger, we’re getting better. We’re getting deeper, too. I surveyed the gang and Kevin Zelnio gets the Sea Pen award for the deepest diver among us. We’ve all been in submarines before, but Kevin’s been the deepest, down to 2500m in the Alvin submersible. Craig’s been to 1050m, and my personal record is 1700m. Craig is the deepest worker among us, with a sample recovery from 5400m depth and ROV record at 3206m.
Kevin brings lots of other credentials, too, but those will unfold as you know him. He’s part of Chuck Fisher’s Laboratory at Penn State University, one of the most productive and interesting deep-sea research groups around. We look forward to hosting his stuff here. Between the three of us, you can expect an engaged and passionate champion of the spineless millions before you practically each and every day. See the picture. Welcome, Kevin!