Where’s the Ocean Love?

DSN will be featuring some guest posts from Danny Richter – A Ph.D Student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego studying diatoms stems from an interest in their potential to affect global biogeochemical cycles, and ultimately the climate.  He is active in attempting to influence national climate policy by lobbying in California and in DC  and often giving public lectures. We are excited about Danny’s expertise and writing as a welcome contribution to DSN. Make sure you welcome Danny below in the comments.

Check out this Op-Ed piece in the LA Times by two professors at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (one of whom also happens to be the director).

Allow me to paraphrase: where’s the ocean love? It feeds a billion people, it takes up a third of the fossil CO2 we’ve dumped into the atmosphere, and “ocean” gets only one passing reference in the footnotes of introductory text for the Cancun Climate Negotiations? Aren’t these guys supposed to be on our side?

Ok, that last sentiment might be naive. Anyway, profs Dickson and Haymet nail the important message too often buried with regard to all things climate: we know the cause, the effects will do harm. And no, we do not need another assessment to be sure. So let’s keep our eyes on the prize, stop emitting fossil CO2, and stop now.

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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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