Farewell My Friends

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“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”  -Jacques Yves Cousteau

IMG_0659 copyI can think of no two men this quote applies to more than Rick Macpherson and Al Dove.  For the last five years, these two men have shared freely their extraordinary paths with all of us here at DSN.  Their wit, intelligence, and unique perspectives have greatly enriched and elevated DSN.  Through their selfless contributions they have both radically changed the online landscape of science communication and inspired us all to something extraordinary.  Take the rest of the day to read their words here and be informed and inspired.

With a heavy heart and a loss of words, I find myself writing this difficult post and announcing that my friends Rick and Al’s are departing DSN.  Rick and Al’s influence goes far beyond DSN. Through selfless commitment in various other areas, including their careers, they continue to inspire others to protect and love the ocean realm. Indeed, the growth of these roles and their importance take these committed men from DSN.  No doubt both will continue extraordinary lives and we all will benefit.

I am comforted by the words of Henry David Thoreau,

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

Dr. M (1796 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.


One Reply to “Farewell My Friends”

  1. Thanks for the kind words Craig. It’s been a pleasure writing at DSN and interacting with our readers over the years. I am especially glad that we translated this extraordinary outreach platform into field collaborations and published research. You’re welcome on my boat anytime.

    If you or any of the readers need me for any reason, look for me on Twitter @AlistairDove, or just project a whale shark into the night sky and I will zoom up on my SCUBA scooter in no time.

    Onwards! For science!

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