The Revolution of Science Through SCUBA, a symposium “to celebrate the scientific contributions and value of scuba as research methodology,” will be webcast live Monday and Tuesday. The agenda is really impressive – it’s pretty much a who’s who in SCUBA-related underwater research.
Some of my personal highlights include Larry Madin, who pioneered blue-water diving to observe gelatinous animals in their natural habitat, Paul Dayton, who used SCUBA to understand the ecology of Pacific kelp forests and the Antarctic sea floor, and my undergraduate advisor Jon Witman, who dives on rock walls in the Galapagos to understand how large-scale oceanography affects the food web. (Yes, I got to with him once. Yes, it was amazing. Yes, I sometimes regret going all open-ocean and not being able to dive for work anymore!)
If you’re not convinced that this will be awesome, here’s a little taste of Paul Dayton talking about what it was like to dive in Antarctica back in the day. Tune in for more amazing stories.