Are We Losing Interest in the Oil Spill?


Dr. M (1730 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.

2 comments on “Are We Losing Interest in the Oil Spill?
  1. I think, for some of us, that we’ve said all we can say: we’ve voiced our anger and indignation and fear, and other than updates (the oil is still pouring out) there’s not much new to say.

    I do think, however, that BP is counting on our becoming numb to the situation. The longer this goes on, the more we think of it as somehow “normal” as the rage over this gross mishandling of our natural resources becomes dulled with time.

    I don’t know what else to say, other than to poke people every now and then and say “It’s still going on. We shouldn’t let this go.”

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