ScienceOnline 2010 Travel Awards: The Entries So Far

It’s just a few short weeks until the final deadline for your submission!  To recap, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center is offering two $750 travel awards for bloggers with the best posts covering new and emerging evolutionary science.

To apply for an award, writers should submit a blog post that highlights current or emerging evolutionary research. In order to be valid, posts must deal with scientific results appearing in 2009. Posts should be 750‐1500 words, and must mention the NESCent contest.

The competition so far looks pretty stiff.

  • At Not Exactly Rocket Science, Ed Yong discusses how male butterflies that are yellow prefer yellow females, but white males are not so choosey…behavior that could lead to a new species
  • At Laelaps, Brian Switek examines whether the now extinct adapids, lemur-like primates best known by the recent announcement of “Ida”, are related to the early anthropoids to our earlier evolutionary predecessors.
  • At Denim and Tweed, Jeremy Yoder explains how the benefits you receive from milk depend on where geographically you drink it.
  • At Neurophilosophy, Mo discusses new work detailing how night time and social rendezvous control charge intensity in electric fish.
  • Zen at Neurodojo asks if organism evolves from A to B if it can still evolve back to A.
  • Kristopher Hite at Tom Paine’s Ghost contemplates whether evolution is a theory or theorum.
  • At Observations of a Nerd, Christie Lynn discusses how selection in the Hawaiian Akepa, which favors the production of male offspring early in the year, is dooming the remaining population.
  • Bjørn Østman at Pleiotropy explains how evolutionary theory informs us to use less, not more pesticides, to rid the world of malaria.
  • Julie Zichello blogs from the field about her involvement with a team of 20 scientists hunting for fossils on Rusinga Island in Kenya.
  • And lastly, at Byte Size Biology, red and green algae in the ultimate endosymbiotic cage match for right to the inside of a diatom.
Dr. M (1729 Posts)

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 (, 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 (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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  2. “Zen at Neurodojo asks if organism evolves from A to B if it can still evolve back to B.”

    That’s not what I asked!

    I asked if organisms that go from A to B can go back to A. A! The organisms don’t have to evolve “back” to B if they’re already at B!

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