Journey to the Center of Plastic

IntoHilo1.JPGYou may remember Peter’s sobering post on the Plastic Expanding Inevitable, a wonderful part of the Pacific where plastic particles outnumber plankton. According to a post at the Oyster’s Garter, a great joint blog between a journalist and a marine biologist, the ORV Alguita has set off on a new journey to the North Pacific Gyre to examine marine debris. Algalita Marine Research Foundation has a blog for the trip and school-themed blog to boot. Miriam comments about the size of the A-frame. Hey, it’s not the size that matters it’s how you trawl. Maybe I’m spoiled but I can’t imagine spending time in the mid-Pacific on a ship that size (left)

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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.