I Got Wood


BWyw0JUCMAAfPXpI will be noticeably absent here for the next few weeks as I head out to sea to collect woodfall communities at the appropriately and not so coincidentally name Deadwood site.  What’s a woodfall community? Here is collection of links about wood fall communities and all the wee beasties that live on them.

woodfallYou can follow me on Twitter @DrCraigMc and #woodfall to get to photos and thoughts as I participate on the cruise.  Also make sure to follow my fellow cruise participant and wood fall enthusiast @jenna_judge as well.  As a special treat I prepared the above photo to show all the cool critters we found on the logs last time! Click it for the full size image. The only thing to do now is pack this shirt.

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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.

5 comments on “I Got Wood
  1. Have fun CMC. Don’t forget to bring back cool deep sea collections souvenirs for all your favorite bloggers ;)

  2. Always been fascinated by accounts of xylophagous chitons on woodfalls. Polyplacophora are not a class of critters that I would have expected to find feeding on wood.

    How many bores would a wood borer bore
    if a wood borer would bore bores?

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