NE Pacific Expedition Day 1&2

I didn't get into marine biology for travel to distance ports and just happens to be a benifit

I didn't get into marine biology for travel to distance ports and just happens to be a benefit. Photo by Dr. M

After several hours of flying followed by several hours of driving, I arrived at Newport, Oregon last night.  Although not planned, the Rogue Brewery next door to my lodging is a pleasant surprise.  A couple pints of their fabulous Mocha Porter and burger were a nice start to this trip.

This morning, the Whale’s Tail for breakfast and a science meeting.  If you find yourself in Newport definitely visit this spot and tackle a stack of poppy seed pancakes.  Finished off this morning loading equipment on the Western Flyer.


The Research Vessel Western Flyer. Photo by Dr. M

A trip out a little north of Newport to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse this afternoon to partake of the local sites.  The lighthouse at 93 feet, and 370,000 bricks, is the tallest in Oregon and in operation since 1872.  The lighthouse emmits its own unique lighting pattern, 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 14 seconds off, 24 hours a day. Much like my attention span.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Photo by Dr. M

Later today, I plan a dusk scuba dive to view a few shallow-water invertebrates before 10 days of viewing their deep brethren.  Afterward, the other Dr. M should be around and well its will probably be time for another trip to Rogue Brewery.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Photo by Dr. M

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Photo by Dr. M

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

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.

3 comments on “NE Pacific Expedition Day 1&2
  1. Just curious, who pays for these and does you wife ever go along with you? I know if I could I would so I could SHOP. I love the pictures, what kind of camera are you using and is it waterproof? I am looking for one I can take under water when I begin scuba diving lessons. I have to start with baby steps.

  2. The pictures are all taken with my iPhone. The serious parts of my expedition, i.e. the work part, is covered by NSF grants. The tourists parts are on me. My wife does not typically go with me. We reserve her travel and vacation time to not work related trips.

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