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 (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.

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