Welcome DSN’s Newest Member, Dr. Al Dove

One of my favorite posts to write is welcoming a new member to the DSN team.  With great interest I began following Deep Type Flow about a year ago.  Since then I have watched a new and original voice join the marine blogosphere. And I have become entranced with Al and his blog. Some of my favorite posts include the explanation of when we can stop sampling and have a beer and species accumulation curves (the sad SACS they are), this insightful post calling on us all to refocus, this post reminding us of the biggest oceans wins of 2010, this excellent photo post of field work in Mexico, and this post on understanding the movements of sunfish and whale sharks. I could spend the rest of this post just listing my favorite posts from Deep Type Flow.  Clearly I could not let excellent marine content be on any other blog than DSN.

Of course all this rich and excellent content is to be expected from Dr. Alistair Dove.  His research in zoology and parasitology culminated in a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland and his current position as Senior Scientist at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. He also holds appointments at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He has held positions at the Wildlife Conservation SocietyCornell University, and Stony Brook University. Clearly this is an exemplary career of the highest pedigree. His scientific publication record makes other scientists drool or cry themselves to sleep at night. His combined publications on parasites, whale sharks, and ecology have drawn hundreds of citations.  Clearly I could not let an excellent marine scientist be on any other blog than DSN.

But it doesn’t stop with mastery of the extended outreach and swift research styles of sci-fu.  Grants? Al’s got them. Photography awards? Al’s got them too. So as Al’s kicking ass and taking names across the planet, welcome him to DSN in the comments below.

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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