Over at Uncharted Atolls there is nice primer on the biodiversity of the deep and climate change. Add it to you “to do” list for today. Despite the isolation experienced by the deep-sea, the climate does have an effect in this seemingly remote environment. via Frontiers: The deep sea and climate | Uncharted Atolls.
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Van Dover compared the deep sea to America’s Wild West and cautioned that wildlife losses could be similar if mining companies and the International Seabed Authority — the regulatory agency in charge of the ocean’s mineral resources — fail to establish environmentally sound mining practices before deep-sea exploitation . . . → Read More: Deep-Sea Mining is Coming
Sometimes I am stunned by the vastness of the internet, as well as the brief 15-nanoseconds of fame that go along with most of its content. The other day I discovered the ‘Charlie the Unicorn’ videos on YouTube, after (ironically?) having a conversation with a real three-dimensional human. I was excited by this hilarity and . . . → Read More: Deep-sea additions to the Nematode Tree of Life
Super congrats to our friends at Oceana, who report on their blog The Beacon today that negotiations to protect over 16 million square miles of deep seafloor have paid off in a fantastic international and multi-organizational collaboration! “Fantastic news from the international negotiations we told you about last week: the talks concluded on Friday with . . . → Read More: 16.1 Million Square Miles of Deep Seafloor Protected in North Pacific
Jai Ranganathan speaks to me about the biodiversity of the deep sea and my paper from last year. More than 70 percent of the earth is ocean floor, an environment as lethal to human life as outer space. With pressures hundreds of times stronger than on the surface, no sunlight, and near freezing temperatures, it . . . → Read More: Curiouser Podcast: Life Under Constant Pressure
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?
Since I’m on a London kick from my recent trip, your Friday video is from “The Deep”, an exhibit which recently closed at the Natural History Museum London. Before it opened, I heard it was slated to travel around Europe after its NHM residency, so keep your eyes peeled! . . . → Read More: TGIF: The Deep Exhibit at NHM London
145 million years ago, in the Cretaceous, the air was warm and the seas were high and rum flowed freely. On land, mammals were oppressed under dinosaur Republican rule. Massive reptiles and ammonites, long since extinct, dominated the oceans. Under the reign of these giants, the lizardfishes were mere fledglings. Today, the 256 known lizardfishes . . . → Read More: Of eyes and sex in lizardfishes
Sure we’ll protect deep-sea fishes…uuhhh we changed our mind The meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, which concluded today, left conservation organizations disappointed with the failure of NAFO countries to live up to their international commitments to protect the high seas. In 2006, they all agreed through a United Nations General Assembly resolution to . . . → Read More: Hypocrites
While sorting through my deep-sea Gulf of Mexico samples this morning I found this freakin’ huge nematode. Isn’t it awesome???? Usually its only the parasitic species that get so big, but this one is a free-living species. I’ll be pretty pissed off if BP has made this one extinct… . . . → Read More: So big I could pet it