Rick Macpherson is Our Hero…

…for so many different reasons.  First he totally gave my former intern the hookup with a sweeeet position at CORAL and it only cost me half what I was willing to pay ;-).  Seriously though, Rick is the ardent avenger of all coral.  Rick pontificates about Darwin, corals, and of course conservation at Terrain.org.  I love the subtitle “Darwin’s Second Obsession Needs To Be Our First” and with juicy tidbits like

But another human-induced threat to coral health has been silently growing, and may represent the greatest challenge yet to maintaining vibrant, healthy coral reefs into the future. It’s a particularly insidious threat to coral and brings us back to the story of a young Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle pondering how such enormous coral formations can be constructed from seawater.

how can you not read this well articulated essay.  Rick shows he deeply cares about cares about corals, and knowledgable, and that you should to.

Dr. M (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. 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. 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. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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