Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life

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This week finds me for the first time in Friday Harbor.  This week I am meeting with 19 other deep-sea biologist, a who’s who, of experts on the abyssal plains.  We are here this week to combine our data, our knowledge, and our passion to uncover both patterns of biodiversity and the processes underlying them in the Earth’s largest environment.  A hour in and I am already excited.  The adventure already began with a first, a flight in a small Cesna over to the island.

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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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4 comments on “Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life
  1. Friday Harbor! Hope you have a great time in my hometown and, if you have time, check out Lime Kiln State Park on the west side of the island. The Southern Resident orcas, especially J Pod, have been hanging around between the west and south sides lately.

  2. Beautiful place! Definitely take a small boat trip if you can. The smaller the better. Orcas leaping everywhere.

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