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 (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 (, 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 “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!

  2. Woo, assistant overlord!
    Minions await….

    Congratulations on the job, and surviving 3000 miles of cracker barrels.

  3. Glad to know you-all made it there in one piece. Moss Landing has been quieter lately…

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