A “species” is a hypothesis. And for microscopic critters, this hypothesis is very often wrong. Everyone knows I despise charismatic megafauna (especially dolphins). I will now secretly admit that I also don’t care much for charismatic invertebrates. I mean, Yeti crabs are pretty much the Lindsay Lohan of marine creatures – they’re just too damn . . . → Read More: When 2 becomes 12: Cryptic species need some love like they’ve never needed love before
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?
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
A professor once told me that if you removed everything from earth and just left the nematodes you would still recognize the outlines of everything. I have absolutely no idea if this is even remotely true. I do know that, hyperbole aside, nematodes represent one of the most abundant forms of life on earth. The . . . → Read More: How Many Deep-Sea Nematodes Are There & Why We Many Never Know
Inspired by the Are Headlines Hogwash? series at Dr. Carin Bondar’s wonderful blog, the editors at DSN (i.e. Kevin and I) have initiated a news series called Bull Patrol! Our goal is to call out the media for the getting carried away with headlines and reports, not doing their homework, making a mockery of colleagues’ . . . → Read More: Bull Patrol: NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED zOMG!
Some amazing new pictures were released this week from the final cruise of the ECOMAR program, focused around the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Researchers reported a distinct set of fauna on the East and West sides of this tectonic divide (despite these sites being located only a few miles apart), and recovered . . . → Read More: Revealing life at the Ridge
A potential new species of nudibranch (white box) on a bubblegum coral You might have noticed that my posting frequency is down recently. Why? 1. Kevin Z convinced me to start Tweeting. There seems to be an inverse relationship to my writing for DSN and posting Tweets. Previous attempts to integrate our Twitter content into . . . → Read More: What’s New With the Dr. M and the Oceans?
Ventral view of Swima species 1 with three attached and two autotomized b-bombs. Image © 2004 Karen J. Osborn. Or perhaps more appropriately have the bomb. Osborn et al. report in Science seven previously unknown species (0.7 to 3.6 inches) of annelid worms hailing from the deep pelagic (>1800m). All the new species form a . . . → Read More: DeepC Wormz R Da Bomb
Three Endoxocrinus maclearanus flank a purple sea fan with a snake star at 2000 ft depth in the Bahamas. Image courtesy Bioluminescence 2009 Expedition, NOAA/OER If you didn’t get a chance to follow along with the Bioluminescence 2009 Expedition last week, you can catch up online at the NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition website. The . . . → Read More: Deep-sea crinoid discovered in real time
I regularly check out the Google search phrases and terms for how people arrived at DSN. A few days ago I saw that someone asked the question in the above post. Obviously, I was intrigued by the question. I think it reminded me that I am privileged to do this. Although I speak of the . . . → Read More: Things You Get To Do When You Are A Marine Biologist?