Who Doesn’t Like Being Told What They Are Doing Is Wrong?

Over at BlogCritics Magazine someone has critiqued DSN. ggwfung has not been so nice to my Sb’lings and they have in turn not been so nice back. That being said, ggwfung had some really nice things to say about us…

Deep Sea News is a partnership between Craig, a “post-doctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute”, and Peter, a “Graduate Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.” Fairly impressive titles, but this blog is salt of the earth, or in this case, salt of the sea. It casts back to the best traditions of popular science, sparking curiosity and bewonderment, explaining the phenomena in comprehensible language. It’s all about communication between the expert and an interested reader, a transfer of knowledge and ideas, sharing the passion. Multiple postings take place either daily or every other day, and when images are used, they are striking and effective. In fact, given the highly visual nature of their interests – the sea, it’s creatures, exploration vessels, wonderful kraken – photos could probably be used a bit more. And I’m also a big fan of sticking categories in the sidebar; don’t make me fish for it in the archives. Deep Sea News is a solid blog with wide appeal. Recommended.

Dr. M (1801 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.