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, 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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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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