Awesomesauce Abounds! Donate and Win a Giant Squid

Please take me home!

AND I COUDLN’T BE MORE EXCITED!  The very talented Kate Herweck, a postdoctoral fellow at NESCent studying plant genomes, made this knitted DSN Giant Squid complete with our trademark eye patch!  I am extremely attached to this but I am willing to part with it on one condition.  Donate $250 to our Donor’s Choose Challenge and it is yours. I will pay to ship it directly to your home.  Don’t you want to cuddle up to this soft red squid this cold winter?


Dr. M (1748 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.

4 comments on “Awesomesauce Abounds! Donate and Win a Giant Squid
  1. I can’t quite afford this cute squid on my student budget but I’ll happily donate a few pounds/dollars in exchange for Kate’s pattern?

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