What’s New With the Dr. M and the Oceans?

A potential new species of nudibranch (white box) on a bubblegum coral

You might have noticed that my posting frequency is down recently.  Why?

1. Kevin Z convinced me to start Tweeting.  There seems to be an inverse relationship to my writing for DSN and posting Tweets.  Previous attempts to integrate our Twitter content into DSN were rocky at best and met with many complaints.  Suggestions on how to integrate the two meaningfully are welcomed. You can follow me at DrCraigMc

2. I am working on a review of this book for American Scientist.

3. I am also writing a feature article for American Scientist following on the theme of my talk last year at Sigma Xi.

4. Isopocaplyse 2010 consumed a bit of my time.  If you didn’t catch it already check out GlassBox Design and National Geographic’s coverage.  I am delightfully snarky!

5. I worked with the spectacularly talented Robin Smith to put together a press release and video for my recent paper in Ecology.  That was met with a fair amount of cricket chirping.  O’ well Bora, Science360, and I think its cool.

6. Multiple scientific papers in the works right now on deep-sea biogeography, source-sink dynamics in the deep sea, the evolution of body size in deep-sea bivalves, what drives the evolution of size on islands, describing the new species above, changes in energy consumption of snails through geologic time, changes in seamount diversity with increasing depth, and how microhabitat diversity in the deep sea drives biodiversity.  Whew!

7.  My day job.

8.  The fact there is only 24 hours in a day.

So what would I like to blog on but haven’t found time?

1. The discovery of the world’s deepest hydrothermal vent. It’s really hot and deep!

2. What will likely be the coolest discovery of the year and decade…anaerobic multicellular organisms in the deep sea.  This one is so cool I just decided to stay up late to write about it.  While I grab another Ardbeg and you wait for the next couple hours, check out Susan Milius’s spectacular write up.

3. Larvae from afar colonize deep-sea hydrothermal vents after a catastrophic eruption

Any other papers or news I should add to this list?

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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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 (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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