I wooden dream of having a post full of wood puns. On the other hand my alder ego often gets the best of me and…View More Will My Wood Research Be Poplar?
In the shallow waters where sunlight penetrates, life is easy because food abounds. In the deep sea, life sucks because food is scarce. In landscape…View More This Deep-Sea Predator is the Love Child of a Macaron and a Snork
Most sponges, inspiration for dish cleaners and mess absorbers, feed by filtering water through those many holes and channels. Their scientific name, Porifera, literally means…View More Flesh Eating Sponges?
A “species” is a hypothesis. And for microscopic critters, this hypothesis is very often wrong. Everyone knows I despise charismatic megafauna (especially dolphins). I will…View More When 2 becomes 12: Cryptic species need some love like they’ve never needed love before
This Friday comes the news that a new jellyfish has been named “City of gonads”. You can’t make this stuff up, except that somebody just…View More TGIF – City of Gonads
I’m delighted to present this guest post from Dr. Michelle Staudinger, a post-doc at the University of Missouri Columbia and stationed at the National Climate Change…View More Guest post: The stunning deep-water biodiversity of the Bear Seamount
You might remember Al’s post on his Marine Biology Bucket List. There are so many amazing aquatic species out there, it’s practically impossible for…View More My Marine Biology Bucket List
At the end of May I received some awful news. My former lab manager reached out with an ominous phone call: a high school student…View More Beaches, Trees, and Mysterious Species : A tribute to Evan
Remember the Hoff Crab? You bet your bippy you do. You can thank Nicolai Roterman for that. Nicolai, a hydrothermal vent biologist and a member…View More Hoff Crab + Tattoo = Awesomsauce
Act 1: Wood Falling on Water At two miles below the ocean’s surface, I see wooden carcasses, once buoyant, lying listlessly on the abyssal seafloor.…View More A Lonely Tree Far From Home Brings New Life to the Ocean Deep: A Narrative in Five Acts