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, 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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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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