Play Around With a 3D Snailfish and Octopus Online

It’s early Monday morning.  You really don’t want to work.  Well let me help you out.  Grab that cup of coffee, grab your mouse, and get ready to play.  Amy Scott-Murray is a Ph.D. student at Aberdeen University who researches how digital visualization techniques can be applied in marine science. In her latest project, Scott-Murray uses a ton of photographs and specialized software to create photorealistic 3D models of animals.  The uses for this are limitless.  I am excited about tools like this for scientific collaboration.  I can send this to a say a octopus expert who could look at this and provide an identification, all more quickly and cheaply than me shipping a specimen to them.   Check out two of her reconstructions below and visit her webpage for many more.

Snailfish
by Amy Scott-Murray
on Sketchfab

Octopus
by Amy Scott-Murray
on Sketchfab

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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.


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