1000th Post

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Dear readers,
I am very excited to announce that we have exceeded 1000 posts here at Sb. This was supposed to be the 1000th post but Kevin and Peter screwed everything up. But of course since we’ve added Kevin, DSN has come one step closer to an aquatic Three Stooges.

I wrote the first post here at Sb on December 13th of 2006. In the short time here our traffic, regular readers, and content have increased. While still focusing on deep sea discoveries, we have expanded our coverage to often include shallow water issues of conservation, general marine invertebrate zoology, charismatic megavertebrates, and much more.

In 1872, the instructions to the captain of the HMS Challenger, the first dedicated global exploration of the oceans, read explore “all aspects of the deep sea…You have a wide field and virgin ground before you.” The field over 100 years later is still expansive. Each day filled with novel discoveries of habitats and creatures. New ideas are presented…old ideas revised. Here, we try to include you in these discoveries as we and other deep-sea scientists explore this wonderful underwater world.

If 1000 posts and nearly a million hits are metrics of success then I feel we must be on the right path. People have referred to us as the “biker gang of marine blogging”, “the bad boys of the oceans”, “passionate”, “accessible”, “intrepid deep-sea explorers”, “cutups”, “marine rockstars”, “insightful”, “hilarious”, “stooges”, wise asses”, and myself as “a young ringer for Bruce Willis”. DSN is noted as a “totally cool blog” and “one of the more education and enjoyable [science] blogs”. Blog Critics Magazine called DSN the “salt of the earth,” saying “It casts back to the best traditions of popular science, sparking curiosity and bewonderment, explaining the phenomena in comprehensible language.” Of course, I’ve left out all the bad things.

We here at DSN are extremely flattered by our readership, wonderful reviews, and incoming links. I anticipate the next year will hold exciting things for us here and we continue to report on new discoveries. Expect the next 1000 posts to be harder, better, faster, stronger…sorry I was listening to Daft Punk this morning.

Sincerely,
Dr. Craig R. McClain
bald deep-sea scientist, heir doctor, young ringer for Bruce Willis, blogger extraordinaire, explorer, founder and editor of DSN, and all around wonderful person.

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.


3 Replies to “1000th Post”

  1. Congratulations!

    I dunno though. You guys don’t have NEARLY enough SERIOUS posts about giant alien starfish. :-)

  2. If you suggestions or comments, please address them to our secretary (peter, he looks good in a skirt) and we’ll be happy to consider your input for a future post.

    Thank you and have a nice day. (click)

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