Bow down to the new symbol of power!

You might have noticed my absence lately.  Maybe you didn’t.  Maybe you did and just don’t care.  I finally arrived in North Carolina (like NC doesn’t have enough science bloggers) after a 3000 mile road trip that included way to many meals at Cracker Barrel and a ice storm.  I am now officially serving in my capacity as the Assistant Director of Science at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).  With all this power I plan to take over world!  Bwahahahahahaha!  What was that? I am only the assistant director?  Then I will assist taking over the world!  Bwahahahaha.

My first order of business in taking over the world will be to bring fantastic scientists and science journalists to the Research Triangle speak and celebrate the birthday of another famous scientist.  What was that?  Already being done?  Then I will assist with this!

Seriously though NESCent is cosponsoring with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science an evening with Carl Zimmer this Thursday (12th) at 6:30 at the Museum.


On Saturday the 21st is a  whole day celebrating Darwin at Sigma Xi Headquarters.  The festivities go from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  Several talks will be delivered centered on the theme of Darwin’s Legacy: Evolutionary Approaches to World Challenges.

Yours truly will be at both.

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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3 comments on “Finally…
  1. So, you’ll be hiring all the DSN faithful — er, those “suitably accredited marine biologists” — for your army of academia any time now, right?

    Cheers, and congrats on the new position!

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