You don’t like coconuts

At one of this holiday’s events, someone asked when I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist. It was college when I realized I could make a living by ‘playing’ in the ocean. However, I have always wanted to explore new frontiers both intellectually and physically. A quote from my favorite movie of all time from an explorer’s heart,

“You don’t like coconuts! Say, brainless, don’t you know where coconuts come from? Lookit here – from Tahiti – Fiji Islands, the Coral Sea!”
He pulls a magazine from his pocket and shows it to her.
“A new magazine! I never saw it before.”
“Of course you never. Only us explorers can get it. I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.”

Each day should be an exploration.

Dr. M (1629 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.