TGIF: Holiday Madness

I can’t think of anything worse than this…I really tried. This completely ruined two of my favorite things Christmas and the ocean.

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 (, 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.

5 Replies to “TGIF: Holiday Madness”

  1. 11 seconds of that was all I could take, and even then the puke almost made it out. You don’t think she drew that sod-awful Christman card do you?

  2. Why craig?? Why?? I already have my doubts about staying in grad school? Do you have to plant the seed of doubt about staying a marine biologist too?? I mean, its bad enough my work gets compared to Porifera Bob squarepants whenever I do outreach…

  3. Oh Kevin!
    There’s much worse than Spongebob for outreach! At least Spongebob dedicates equal time to plankton, anchovies, sea cucumbers jellyfish and snails! When I worked in gelatinous zooplankton ecology, we bought Spongebob T-shirts that said “Jellyfishing Angler’s Society” for the entire lab, including undergraduate interns.

    Oh, and Craig? I hate you for that card/song. :)

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