We are not messing around at DSN. We are building our ranks. We are coming back strong.
I am very excited to announce the addition of two new writers at DSN. Both are excellent researchers with black belts in science-fu. Their scicomm skills are on fleek.
The first to join is Dr. Jarrett Byrnes, kelp, marsh, and general marine ecologist extraordinaire. Look at this publication list! It makes you tremble just looking at it. He’s got more publications in the hyperselective Ecology Letters than I can count. You probably already know Jarrett on Twitter as @jebyrnes. Jarrett is also the creator and one one of my favorite blogs, with the best name ever, I’m a chordata! urochordata!
The second is Dr. Beth Orcutt a guru of the marine microbe and working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and geology. This.Is.Some.Awesome.Stuff. In her own words because they’re way better than mine, “I explore life below the seafloor in sediments and the oceanic crust. I want to understand how microbes thrive in these deep sea environments, and how their life impacts the cycling of elements on Earth.” And don’t even get me started on this publication list! I’m mean this paper has already got 220 citations. Yep. Dr. Orcutt is on the Twitter too at @DeepMicrobe. And of course let’s not forget about the mad scicomm skills. Look at these videos!
I am elated to have them on board at DSN but it is putting my career in rather harsh perspective.
Before my last announcement, I think it only appropriate to provide a musical introduction.
I’ve had a difficult time to articulating my thoughts and ideas in this new era for science communication. Many have asked me what DSN will be doing. I’m surrounding myself with the best and then we are taking care of business. Again I rely upon a musical video to sum up some thoughts on how DSN, with a ever growing superteam, is going to approach those who would ignore science, deny climate change, gut science funding, run havoc on environmental protection, and any number of other sins. Well…it’s countdown to the scientists!