←Previous Lesson: Early Paradigms and Exploration Edward Forbes spent his life championing a hypothesis whose evidence was flawed and extrapolations unjustified. The idea of a lifeless deep-sea held sway in a society mystified by the unknown and afraid of what it would hold. Forbes was the scientist-manifestation of this fear and never would concede the . . . → Read More: Deep Sea 101: Forbes’ Folly – Evidence of Deep Sea Life Ignored
We have a long history of being HUGE fans of the “bone-devouring zombie worm from hell”. Osedax species were described less than 10 years ago and much work on their reproduction, evolution and ecology has yielded incredible insights into a unique and bizarre way of life! Early on, Osedax was only found on whale bones . . . → Read More: Whale Bone-Devouring Worm Into More Than Just Whales
←Previous Lesson: Lessons from the Census of Marine Life While the Census of Marine Life may be the most recent call to survey the ocean, deep-sea exploration has a rich, paradigm-shifting history. It has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster: colorful characters, high seas action, the drama of antagonistic actions between “men of honor”, . . . → Read More: Deep Sea 101: Early Paradigms and Exploration
This post was based on a talk I gave for Darwin Day last year at the Duke Marine Lab. Reposting in honor of Darwin Day. Enjoy your day and make sure you take a walk in the woods and enjoy nature’s splendor in honor one of biology’s main men today! —————————————- As part of Darwin . . . → Read More: Darwin Day Repost – Ex Omnia Conchis: Darwin And His Beloved Barnacles
We seem to be constantly evaluating how well are doing communicating science, as well we should! Good scientists need to be introspective to some extent and consistently give themselves a reality check. That is, in essence, how science works as a process. We accept or refute a hypothesis based on evidence, fine tune it or . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Communicating At, To Or With People?
←Previous lesson: Introduction and What Is the Deep Sea? Click image to go to Census of Marine Life! Last week we kicked off our online class with an introduction to the deep sea environment. Before we continue on to spend a bit of time talking about the history of deep-sea exploration, I want to discuss . . . → Read More: Deep Sea 101: Lessons from the Census of Marine Life
This semester I am teaching a full on lecture course in Deep Sea Biology at my institution. It is a great opportunity for me and am very thankful that I can be at an institution that would enthusiastically give a PhD student this opportunity to freely develop this course how I wish. I am 2 . . . → Read More: Deep Sea 101: Introduction and What Is the Deep Sea?
Anthropogenic climate change has been hypothesized for centuries (discussed in Le Treut 2007) before the careful measurements of scientists in the mid-20th century. From 1833 to 1997, Stanhill (2001) calculated that the climate change science doubled every 11 years. The impact of carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean was recognized early on with measurements and . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: The Grand Challenge of Ocean Acidification and Fisheries
Lepas anatifera from Washington state, USA. Photo credit: David Cowles 1997. Barnacle evolution was recently rewritten by a large effort of Perez-Losada and colleagues in 2008. Using a combination of genes and morphological traits they rejected some of the ideas that were foundational to barnacle biology and taxonomy, while giving new support for other . . . → Read More: Barnacle Evolution I: Phylogeny Served Without Plates
You’ve all heard about the bone-eating zombie worm from hell. Yeah it was like OK, but whatever. It had its day like, you know, way back in the 2000s. Now though, all the rage is the BONE SNAIL! Yeah, that’s right the BoNe SnAiL!!! Its cooler than cool, just trust me. The Bone Snail is . . . → Read More: Move Over Boneworm, the Bone Snail is Taking Over