Say Hello to DSN’s Newest Member

We at DSN are very proud to introduce Dr. Holly Bik as the newest full time member of the DSN team. Holly recently contributed the wonderful post to DSN Invisible But Not Forgotten about the impact of the oil spill on nematodes. We are very excited to be increasing our ranks and to class the place up a bit with Holly’s presence.  Although it probably will not be long before Kevin and Miriam corrupt her.

Without further ado…in her own words…

Dr. Holly Bik is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies at the University of New Hampshire.  Despite working in a genetics lab, she is marine biologist and molecular ecologist at heart—although occasionally she must convey enthusiasm about C .elegans in order to appease colleagues.    Her current research is using next-generation sequencing technologies (454, Illumina) to study the community structure and phylogeography of meiofaunal eukaryotes in marine sediments, with a specific focus on deep-sea habitats.  Holly is a strong advocate of integrative biology, aiming to merge expertise and synthesize historically disparate fields such taxonomy, molecular biology, and computer science.  Her doctoral research focused on nematode phylogenetics and evolution in the order Enoplida, an early-splitting group of worms proposed to represent the ‘ancestral nematode’

Prior to joining the world of blogging, Holly participated in a number of outreach programs, including ‘Nature Live’ meet-a-scientist events at the Natural History Museum, London and ‘Researchers in Residence’, a National UK program that places early-career scientists into local schools.  She also owns at least 50 pairs of shoes (and counting).

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

7 Replies to “Say Hello to DSN’s Newest Member”

  1. Mmmm….sequencing.

    It’s nice to see a fellow molecular post-doc here. Welcome, and I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Welcome sequencing dude… I’m sure your updates will be Nematodocious ;-)

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