These Are a Few of My Favorite Posts

I hate the barrage of the annual “best of” posts recapping everything from the last year that always besets us in late December and early January. Yet here I am on the first day of year, all nostalgic, reading through the archives of DSN.  Below are my DSN favorites from last year

My top five

  1. Miriam tackles an immensely complex issues surrounding tuna and television: Eating Wicked Tuna: A marine scientist tries to figure out what the heck is going on and her dissection Wicked Tuna, the National Geographic channel’s Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing reality show
  2. nature abhors a vacuum but it is flat-out terrified of 1,100 atmospheres
  3. Dr. Martini begines her career her at DSN with one of my top 5 posts of the year The Largest Wave in Sea Aren’t at the Beach
  4. In my top 5 posts of the year (yes its a bit narcissistic to choose my own, but it seriously the best thing I’ve wrote all year) How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline
  5. What lives on ships? Microbiology at Sea: A tale of ballast, vomit, and cockroaches

And some others

It hasn’t been that long but instant DSN classics, sure to be brought out every holiday season are the The twelve days of Christmas – the marine biological edition and physical oceanography edition


Dr. M (1730 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.