Scientists Take Darwin on the Road

Readers may recall me be posting about NESCent’s Darwin Day Road Show.  Miller-McCune graciously allowed me to write up the experience for them. Please take some time and read the piece.  It gives hope for the future of science in the United States.

A posse of evolutionary scientists traveled to the heart of America to share their excitement about science on the birthday of Charles Darwin. This is their story.

via Scientists Take Darwin on the Road | Miller-McCune.

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 (, 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 (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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One comment on “Scientists Take Darwin on the Road
  1. Bravo Craig and all the Darwin Day team! This is important work. A colleague of mine says that most problems boil down to lack of communication. That may be a bit simplistic, but is certainly true that engaging with people and showing them what evolution is and what evolutionary biologists actually do is a key step in breaking down prejudices and misinformation. And reminding people how cool organisms are!

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