After I successfully defended my Ph.D., and as I and packed up my belongings to move across the country for a new job (more on that in a later post), I’ve been reflecting on privilege in marine science. The word “privilege” often makes people turn away, afraid of being made to feel guilty and . . . → Read More: A field guide to privilege in marine science: some reasons why we lack diversity
Image: Australian Museum Tongue biters have been in my inbox a few times lately. If you’ve managed never to come across these interesting little isopods before, they are members of a wholly parasitic group called the Cymothoidae. For regular readers of Deep Sea News, you can think about them as smaller versions of Bathynomus, which . . . → Read More: No fish is an island
Oh the dark deep sea is frightful, But the food not so delightful, But since we’ve got no place to go, Let It Marine Snow! Let It Marine Snow! Let It Marine Snow! The deep-sea floor is a patch mosaic of habitats In the late 1960’s, two marine biologists, Howard Sanders and Robert Hessler, . . . → Read More: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
This lovely piece of art, by graduate students Laurel Hiebert and Kira Treibergs with artwork by Marley Jarvis, made the rounds last week. We are thrilled to have been given permission to post it on Deep Sea News! This design is now available as t-shirts and totebags, with proceeds to benefit the Oregon Institute . . . → Read More: Octopi Wall Street!
Because it’s Friday and you need to begin every Friday morning with a song about the Cambrian Explosion
February’s Scientist In Residence that I am way behind on introducing is Jarrett Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). I have a lot of respect for Jarrett for not only his mad blogging skills at the cleverly name i’m a chordata! urochordata! but for his impressive research . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence Jarrett Brynes: How Are Extinctions and Invasions Shaping Food Webs?
At the next conference, symposium or faculty meeting you attend take a good look at the landscape around you. Are the halls dotted with a variety of trees or are you drowning in a sea of monotony? As a marine ecologist I am trained to measure diversity. Diversity has many attributes and consequences. Biodiversity is . . . → Read More: Minorities in Marine Biology: The Dearth of Black Professors
During my Ph.D., my advisors began drafting a book. I patiently awaited the tome on the deep sea biodiversity. My wait is no longer. Rex and Etter’s Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale is finally here and the first book dedicated to synthesizing this subject. I received my copy last week and am quickly consuming every . . . → Read More: Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale
“Pet” Giant Pycnogonid attacking computer. Much of the earth’s biodiversity lies within the phylum Arthropoda. You are probably aware of many species within the group trilobites, spiders, centipedes, crabs, insects, lobsters, and whole other mélange of strange beasties. Throw a crab and you are likely to hit another arthropod. Scratch that as I cannot condone . . . → Read More: Pycnogonids, more than spiders of the sea