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, 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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