Return of the Wood Fall

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

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.

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  3. Makes me want to ask if a tree falls in the deep ocean, does it make a sound? (But I won’t ask).

    Seriously, it is interesting to find the great diversity of organisms (many apparently undescribed species) coming to these wood falls, mostly as a food source and a habitat on which to complete life cycles. Raises the question as to how the various larval stages find these wood falls. Are there larvae just “floating” around at depth, waiting for some fortuitous wood fall to occur? Are they drawn in from some distance by chemical cues? Same questions exist for whale falls and even new/developing deep sea vents. Lots to learn yet.

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