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 now secretly admit that I also don’t care much for charismatic invertebrates. I mean, Yeti crabs are pretty much the Lindsay Lohan of marine creatures – they’re just too damn . . . → Read More: When 2 becomes 12: Cryptic species need some love like they’ve never needed love before
Genomics, Biodiversity, and Antarctica – three of my favourite things! For all you expedition junkies, these three things are exactly the focus of the 2013 “Ivy Inverts” cruise. My Gulf oil spill collaborator at Auburn University, Ken Halanych (along with an international team of students and colleagues), is currently steaming towards Antarctica aboard the Research . . . → Read More: “Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters
I was pretty excited when I learned about Rutger’s expedition to Antarctica. But I am now STOKED after watching their teaser trailer. A beautiful video about science in Antarctica, the wide variety of tools they are using and why it is important. Seriously, can I come along too? I’ll tag penguins any day. Follow along . . . → Read More: New expedition: Stunning cinematography from Rutgers Antarctic Quest
The HF radar transmit tower watches over the frozen Chukchi Sea at Point Lay. We mark ‘em with bright orange reflective tape so snowmobilers don’t hit them. I apologize, as this post is a little belated. I have been back from a trip to take down a seasonal HF Radar array on the North . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Observing the ocean from dry land
This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
Was just sent these great informative short videos about research being done to understand how climate change affects coastal communities. Coastal organisms live in areas with much day to day variation. There are the changing tides, the amount sun exposure, and also shade from tidal zone seaweeds and rock crevices. This makes coastal animals, like . . . → Read More: California Coastal Climate Change Research
Al and I spoke previously about how for too long ocean exploration has suffered from chronic underfunding and the lack of an independent agency with a dedicated mission. We called for the creation of a NASA-style agency to ensure the future health of US ocean science and exploration (Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part . . . → Read More: Four Decades of Funding of U.S. Marine Biology: Are We In Trouble?
If you haven’t seen the VENUS deep-sea observatory’s pig-in-the-ocean experiments, you’ve been missing out. I saw them present this work at a conference a couple years ago & it is AMAZING. From New Scientist’s writeup: Now a pioneering experiment lead by forensic scientist Gail Anderson from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is . . . → Read More: In the deep sea, bacon doesn’t last long