Something to think about: the recent Gibbons et al. (2013) PNAS paper found that *one* site in the English Channel showed a 31.7-66.2% overlap in microbial communities when compared to any one of 356 datasets collected as part of the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM). That’s a ridiculous overlap! As the paper title suggests, . . . → Read More: Endemic Genomes? Reason #1 to sequence the Deep Sea
When he made his historic solo dive into the Mariana Trench last month, James Cameron brought back images and descriptions of a “lunar like” marine landscape nearly devoid of life.-via National Geographic Returning from humankind’s first solo dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron said he saw no obvious signs of . . . → Read More: Is Marianas Trench A Lifeless Void?
My fellow Deeplings have been barraging the blog with “Best of” and “Top 10″ lists in recent memory. Now its my turn to chime in. Only…I don’t work with actual animals. I work with DNA sequences. I spent my PhD sitting under the microscope, where I vowed never again! Now I work with gigabyte-sized text . . . → Read More: Top 5 scariest species…from, er, DNA?
Looking for vicarious adventure? Check out two new expedition blogs, both of which are underway right now! The Tonga Trench Expedition team The Tonga Trench Expedition is a Scripps Institution of Oceanography student cruise, led by Scripps graduate student/chief scientist Rosa Leon Zayas. (and if anyone out there is looking for a kick-ass female Latina . . . → Read More: Two new expedition blogs: super deep South Pacific and super cold Antarctica
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I am admittedly a huge invertebrate nerd. But there’s a lot more going on in the ocean than can be caught with a plankton net. For this week’s TGIF, check out super awesome Scripps alumna and MIT post-doc Melissa Garren on the glory and the mystery oceanic microbes.
California has been a big transition for me. I mean big. Not only am I now living in the sun-drenched utopia I have long pined for (a climate which finally meets my minimum temperature preference of 90F), but I also have leaped into to an entirely new scientific world. I think I’m becoming a microbiologist. . . . → Read More: Microbiology at Sea: A tale of ballast, vomit, and cockroaches