5 Questions With Me

The Duke Research site this month features my answers to five questions about ocean biodiversity, body size variation, blue whales, municipal water supplies, giant squids, cell membranes, giant isopods, islands, Victorian science, and of course the deep sea.  Yeah I cover a lot.

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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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6 comments on “5 Questions With Me
  1. “[Y]ou seem to be obsessed with size.” totally cracked me up. Was the interviewer a tiny person who got neck cramps talking to you? Awesome interview!

  2. So do you choose which ones to go to or are you chosen? Just curious. Was never able to locate the Cosmos issue.

  3. I pick and choose from extended invitations. It appears Cosmos has limited circulation in the US. But hey I am big in Australia! Easier to get would be the Science Illustrated this month pretty much available at any large bookstore. I even saw it at the Seattle airport a few weeks ago.

  4. So, have you ever been to Australia? I will be looking for the Science Illustrated, thanks.

  5. Pertaining to the “larger heart” issue, are there any creatures that supplement or supplant a single heart with an actively contracting vasculature, say by having some smooth muscle adapted to pump blood?

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