Past Contributors

Peter Etnoyer (2005-2009)

Peter was a doctoral fellow at Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies with a background in octocoral systematics, marine ecology, and geographic information systems. His PhD dissertation research at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi examined the diversity and distribution of deep-water octocorals (mostly sea fans, aka gorgonians) on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. A full biography is here. Peter is currently working full time for NOAA, details of his new position can be found here.

Miriam Goldstein (2009-2012)

Miriam was a Ph.D. student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she studied the ecological impact of plastic debris on zooplankton communities and invasive species transport in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. In August 2009, she led the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX: BlogTwitter, YouTube). Miriam is an active science popularizer and educator, and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR Science Friday, and Marketplace, among many other media outlets. Before joining Dr. M and Kevin Z at Deep Sea News, Miriam blogged at the Oyster’s Garter and at Double X Magazine. Her popular writing has been featured in Slate Magazine and in Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. Miriam holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a B.S. in Biology from Brown University. Before coming to Scripps, she worked as a construction project manager in New York City, an outdoor educator in New Hampshire, and an environmental consultant in Boston. Miriam is originally from Manchester, New Hampshire. You can read more about Miriam at her homepage.  Miriam left DSN to take a prestigious Knauss Fellowship.

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Kevin Zelnio (2007-2013, Assistant Editor 2009-2013)

Kevin has a M.Sc. degree in biology from Penn State, a B.Sc. in Evolution and Ecology from University of California, Davis, and worked as an independent scientist, science writer and communications strategist based in Wilmington, NC. Prior to this, he was a researcher at the Center for Marine Science at University of North Carolina, Wilmington, studying mussel population genetics, and the Marine Conservation Molecular Facility of Duke University’s Marine Lab, where he developed microsatellite markers to study population genetics of deep sea inverts. Previous research was centered around the biodiversity, community ecology and systematics of invertebrates at deep-sea chemosynthetic environments. Kevin has described several new species of anemones and shrimp and consults with organizations on taxonomic matters. In 2013 Kevin left DSN to start a brewery in Sweden.

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Al Dove (2011-2015, Assistant Editor 2013-2015)

Al Dove is an Australian marine biologist currently serving as Director of Research and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium Research Center in Atlanta. During undergraduate training in zoology at The University of Queensland he discovered parasitology first hand upon getting infected with bird schistosomes on a field trip; he was immediately grossed out and utterly smitten with the staggering diversity of form and life cycle among the different parasite groups. After an Honours thesis on the taxonomy of flatworm parasites of carangid fishes (jacks), his PhD explored the ecology of parasite exchange between native and introduced freshwater fish in Australia. Since moving to the United States in 2000 he has held positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York Aquarium), Cornell University and Stony Brook University. In the process, his research interests have broadened to include all aspects of aquatic animal health from environmental diseases of lobsters, to parasitic diseases of clams and bacterial infections in fish, at all times adhering to the golden rule of marine biology: “work on something tasty”. In his current role at Georgia Aquarium, he’s had to finally give up that rule and he now studies the biology of whale sharks, including natural history, metabolomics and genomics. After having an epiphany about science communication in the digital age, Al began blogging at DeepTypeFlow in 2009 and has been sharing his passion for marine biology via social media ever since. On the academic side, he has written over 40 peer-reviewed publications, is a co-organizer of the Eastern Fish Health Workshop, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Rick Macpherson (2010-2015)

Rick moved over to DSN from his blog Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice & Sunsets, where he wrote extensively on ocean science and conservation issues since 2006.  He is a marine ecologist with a focus on tropical coral reef ecosystems who has worked worldwide since 1986 in field-based marine conservation biology, ocean science education, and creating learning networks and evaluation strategies to support ocean conservation programs. Rick received his education at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and at Harvard University. With more than 2,000 dive hours logged, Rick has led ecotourism expeditions to the Galapagos and to coral reef ecosystems in the South Pacific and throughout the Caribbean basin. He has conducted fieldwork in every coral reef biogeographic region on the planet. With a personal mission to see coral reef communities achieve strong, autonomous, and local management of their coastal resources, Rick’s work has established community networks in support of local conservation leadership, explored the role of marine tourism in conservation, implemented payments for ecosystem services and business planning, encouraged sustainable financing strategies for marine protected area management, and realized community benefits and alternative livelihoods derived from conservation partnerships. Previously, Rick served nearly a decade as Director of Conservation Programs for the Coral Reef Alliance, as a marine science specialist for the University of California, Berkeley, where he directed the University’s summer marine biology program at the Bodega Marine Laboratory.  He was Project Specialist for the NSF-funded California Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) which created a collaboration across UC Berkeley’s Departments of Integrative Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.  During his tenure, he was designer and Instructor of the NSF–funded UC Berkeley course, Communicating Ocean Sciences.  The successful course continues to be taught at UC Berkeley and has been adopted at over 20 other colleges and universities nationwide.   Communicating Ocean Sciences received the prestigious 2005 Educational Initiatives Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also provided consultant services to the US National Marine Sanctuary system, several state science and environmental education initiatives, and has provided life science content expertise for Macmillan McGraw-Hill Publishing and KQED Public Television.

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