Win A Giant Plush Giant Isopod!

5189-owW3eLWhat your life needs right now is a larger-than-life plush Giant Isopod.

A common visitor to food falls, Giant Isopods are scavengers of the deep.  The DSN infatuation for this ginormous Roly-Poly is rivaled only by our beloved giant squid.

DSN’s Rick Macpherson has generously donated a plush Giant Isopod to the #Scifund wood fall project. This Giant Isopod plush is 2-3 times life-size, cushy as a pillow, and, of course, scientifically accurate.

51gHI3JWWELAnd the best part? One lucky donor will be receiving this deep-sea dweller in the mail!  How is this possible?

Rick and I will randomly select a donor to my #Scifund project to receive the Giant Isopod.  There’s only one catch.  The project must be 100% funded. If we are unable to reach our $4000, no donations will be collected and no Giant Isopod will be awarded. Currently, we’re almost half way to our goal, so encourage your friend’s to donate as well.

Make a donation of any amount to the #Scifund wood fall project today and enter to win!

Already donated? No worries, you’ll automatically be entered to win!

Thanks so much for supporting the wood fall project.

Dr. M (1729 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.

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