DSN Adds To Its Ranks

With great pleasure I am pleased to announce that Rick Macpherson, of Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice & Sunsets notoriety, is joining Deep-Sea News as a contributor.  Why add Rick? Because he is very large jar of awesome sauce.  He has worked since 1986 in field-based marine conservation biology and ocean science education.  That experience led him to his current as Director of Conservation Programs for the Coral Reef Alliance.  I attribute CORAL’s continued success on the ground of working with local people to protect marine systems in part to Rick’s creatively and leadership. During his tenure at UC Berkeley his course, Communicating Ocean Sciences, was adopted by 20 other colleges and universities netting Rick the prestigious 2005 Educational Initiatives Award. His demonstrated commitment to ocean conservation and science communication will prove a valuable asset here at DSN.  Moreover, his quirky writing style will be a perfectly fit with our unconventional science persona.

I also hear he makes a tasty gin and tonic.

Our ranks now grow to five and you may ask yourself if DSN have joined blog network bandwagon.  We have not.  We are not looking to add new blogs to a DSN network.  We looking for active bloggers to join the DSN blog that will continue to capitalize on our success and expand our expertise. We are looking for scientist communicators not science communicators.  DSN will continue to be a group of active scientists providing expert commentary on new ocean science and policy. As Rick states, “the DSN team [is] a growing cohort of ocean science online writers [that] pioneer the potential for social media to build an increasingly informed, connected, and passionate citizenry.” And of course, we will continue to do this in our off-beat, salty, and a little off-color way. Will we add more bloggers? Only time will tell. Interested?

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.

4 comments on “DSN Adds To Its Ranks
  1. Congrats. Look forward to seeing Rick’s jaunty portrait up there amongst the rest, assuming that fine blog header of yore ever returns. And I won’t mention that, bathymetrically speaking, he’s a little shallow to be plunging into the “deep-sea” because I think that ship sailed when Miriam came onboard. :)

    This is great.

  2. Wow, this is like if the 1927 Yankees added Alex Rodriguez. Or maybe like if Batman and Spiderman and the Fantastic 4 just teamed up with Tintin and Milou. Oh, what the heck, just as cool as if the Spice Girls just picked up Vanilla Ice.

    I’m jealous.

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