New Deep-Sea Research Centre

…or Center depending on where you live.  Although in the US we feel the need to discard oceanography Portugal is a little more forward thinking.

Portugal’s Minister for Science and Universities, Mariano Gago, has announced plans to set up a cutting-edge research centre in the Azores Islands to study the deep Atlantic. Minister Gago unveiled the initiative on Saturday during the inauguration of new facilities for the Azores University’s Department of Oceanography and Fishing at Horta on Faial Island. “The potential of the (Atlantic) depths is so great that it justifies a specific programme of this nature”, Gago said. The future research centre, he added, would be “open and competitive” with a view to attracting international specialists and projects.

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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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