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 (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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