I find the intersection of fluid dynamics and biology fascinating. How animals manipulate their surroundings to bring nutrients to them. And coral cilia is just one of these tricks! Coral polyps, sucking in the nutrients with their dastardly cilia (image via Stocker Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT.) This shot is an incredible close-up of . . . → Read More: Even corals heart fluid dynamics
Coral reefs are famous for their beautiful colours, but in fact when I visit them I am usually surprised how colourful reefs AREN’T. Most healthy corals have a sort of dusty tan or pink hue to them, and it’s only on reefs with particularly high coral cover, superb water clarity and bright overhead sun that . . . → Read More: TGIF – The spectacular fluorescent colours of Coral Reefs
eBay’s history is dotted with carcasses of endangered and vulnerable species. In 2000, the Sea Turtle Conservancy announced that a large selection of illegal hawksbill turtle shell products were available on the online auction site. “On Jan. 6, about about 50 genuine tortoise shell items were listed for sale through ebay, said Gary Appelson, advocacy . . . → Read More: Finding Endangered Life on eBay
Exallias brevis male My good colleague Dr. Bruce Carlson just uploaded a very nice short YouTube video about a reef blenny called Exallias brevis. Exallias is fairly special (but by no means unique) not just because it’s quite the looker, but because it is a coral predator. Like many blennies it has a mouth that . . . → Read More: TGIF – Exallias brevis, a very special fish
…BECAUSE I AM!!! Yes, I am yelling this from the mountaintops: I cannot wait to shed my drab winter wardrobe and move on to Spring/Summer 2012 collections. Finally, my fashion obsession is perfectly appropriate for a blog post at #DeepSN. This season the runways were flooded (ha!) with ocean-themed prints and marine-inspired design: Coral Reef . . . → Read More: ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT YOUR SPRING WARDROBE YET??
I’ve been suspiciously quiet on the blogging front lately. The reason: I’ve just completed a cross-country move in the middle of the holiday season (its my second 3000+ mile move in <2 years, but that is another rant for another day). I’ve fled the snowy winters of New Hampshire to take up shop in Jonanthan . . . → Read More: TGIF: Friday Fashion Finds
In a very generous online experiment, science writer and blogger at Wired Science David Dobbs, is putting up his entire book Reef Madness in small chunks on his blog Neuron Culture. Here at Neuron Culture I’m going to serially publish significant chunks of my book Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of . . . → Read More: Reef Madness!
Arminius The year is 9CE. Fourteen years later Pliny the Elder will be Pliny the Newly Born. Cai Lun will invent paper one hundred years later. In Northern Germany a storm unleashes on 30,000 Roman soldiers under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus. Varus’s most trusted advisor, Arminius, was the son of a Germanic war . . . → Read More: A Tale of Germanic Chieftains and Deep-Sea Corals
As always, Rick is too modest to post about his own adventures…but fortunately I keep tabs on him through Coral Reef Alliance’s e-newsletter. Rick just went on Dr. David Guggeheim’s Ocean Doctor podcast to talk about the Coral Reef CSI program, in which crimes against coral reefs are investigated and prosecuted. “The Coral Reef . . . → Read More: RickMac’s adventures
Make sure you catch this interview with RickMac at Science Online 2011