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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Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

5 Replies to “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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