Come Take A Field Deep-Sea Biology Class With Me!

The deep sea, areas of the ocean below 200 meters, is the largest biome on Earth‐‐vast, remote, and inhospitable. These conditions create unique challenges for deep‐sea life and the scientists who study it. The challenge of studying this expansive and extreme ecosystem also makes it ripe for new discoveries and allows us as scientists to challenge the paradigms of life on Earth and beyond.

Giant Isopod (Isopoda)

You can be part of this discovery and learn about the deep oceans until your heart and soul are content. The course will apply concepts from biology, biochemistry, ecology, and conservation sciences to the study of the deep‐sea. The undergraduate- and graduate-level course (3‐credit) is June 7‐26, 2020 at LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center in beautiful Cocodrie, Louisiana. Students will experience aspects of both field and laboratory settings including:

  • Working aboard research vessels for both shallow‐ and deep‐water sampling
  • Collecting and identifying invertebrates
  • Engaging with both historical and modern views of the deep ocean
  • Using large databases to test ecological hypotheses
  • Utilizing analytical software
  • Measuring community structure using diversity metrics
  • Managing a project from the generation of hypotheses through to a final product
  • Constructing a strong social media campaign to engage general audiences in deep‐sea science

The great news is that the course is relatively inexpensive and there is a lot of scholarship funds available. For more course details, course application, or scholarship application visit

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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 (, 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.