Coral Week is ON for April

Belize_IYOR_logo_only.jpgMark your calendars for the last few days of April because the tentacles are gonna hit the fan here and across the blogosphere from April 27 to May 2 when Deep Sea News asks readers “how deep is your love” for corals. This is 2008, the International Year of the Reef! But we’re gonna try to squeeze it all into one big Coral Week between April and May, kinda like an online tropical vacation from work … or something.

You may have noticed we celebrated International Polar Year just last month. Yes, it’s true, it’s other years, too… the Year of the Rat, the Year of Sanitation, its all happening … who keeps this stuff straight, anyway? Doesn’t matter now. Call it a special time in history.

Zooilogix, Malaria and Bedbugs, Oyster’s Garter, and The Intersection have signaled their intention to play, and that’s terrific. We’re looking for more! Please join us by sending your material (to me, at tamucc dot edu) or by simply writing about corals that week. A general outline for the event is below the fold.


So, what’s a reef? Technically, it’s something big and shallow enough for a ship to hit. But we can argue about that. One thing you can count on for sure is that you won’t see a lot of crying and whining about global warming and spilt debris at this website… unless someone else writes it. Which could happen.

The last thing we want is for your eyes to glaze over with well trodden stories of doom and gloom. Instead, we’ll try to host 2-3 interesting and provocative posts a day with little known facts about deep coral ecosystems and their associated fish and invertebrates and hopefully we’ll link to many more stories about corals in general. Dear lurker friends, please contribute. You make it special. We love to hear from you.

The core of the event will be a series on five ways deep corals are similar to shallow corals. We also plan to toss a few posts about global hotspots of deep coral diversity, ocean acidification and global warming, recent literature, and upcoming conferences. Plenty of pictures and videos will be on hand to make you laugh and capture your attention. Maybe you’ll even find something interesting about cuttlefish, octopus middens (anyone?) or the lysocline (help!). I dunno. We’ll see. Please join us.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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.


5 Replies to “Coral Week is ON for April”

  1. Hello Peter,

    Great scheme!

    Our new Ecology Action Centre project to create a crafted North Atlantic sea floor is being documented here: http://eacstitchinfish.blogspot.com.

    We will certainly contribute some writing on corals throughout that week, and I’ll be sure to craft a post around how deep my love runs for cold water North Atlantic corals.

    You guys do fabulous stuff over here at the DSN – check out our blog love in our latest post.

    Best,

    Sadie

  2. Great, Sadie. Looking forward to it. We should post some quotes from the fishermen interviews. That would be sharp.

    Folks should know Ecology Action Center is a pioneer, one of the first NGOs to raise awareness about the plight of deep corals in the heavily trawled North Atlantic. They do important and innovative work.

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