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The Future of Invertebrate Domination

The Future of Invertebrate Domination

…from the Echinodermata.  Chris Mah has heard my call and unleashed the World Asteroidea Database.  This will definitely make roll call easier when I assemble the troops to overtake the world.

Chris has done a terrific job and taxonomic databases such as this not only are the future of science but allow the addressing of several questions not allowable before.  Our wish list for the future of WAD includes body size information, biogeographic data, and of course funding for Chris to continue on.

Dr. M (1606 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.





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