TGIF IS DEAD LONG LIVE TGIF! Craig and I are making some changes around these parts. You’ll notice them soon enough. One change starts now. We are getting rid of one of our longest running and most successful (not very) commerical franchises. We are disbanding the traditional Friday Deep Sea Pic and TGIF. We will . . . → Read More: Friday Freak 10/16/09 – Gersemia juliepackardae
People accept the idea of echinoderm predation on shallow reef building corals. The voracious Crown of Thorns seastar Acanthaster planci is a familiar coral antagonist on the Great Barrier Reef, part of a natural process that may or may not be amplified by anthropogenic disturbance. Asteroid predation on deep-sea corals is more difficult to . . . → Read More: Friday Picture: Have your coral and eat it, too?
This went public today over the TAMU-CC listserves, the first attempt to tie all my deep-sea coral research from the last three years together into four tidy little paragraphs. DISSERTATION SEMINAR NOTICE COASTAL AND MARINE SYSTEM SCIENCE PROGRAM DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI SUBJECT: Distribution and Diversity of Octocorals in . . . → Read More: Announcing La Defense
Brittle star (red) entwines the branches of its lifelong coral partner (pink). Credit: L. Watling for NOAA/IE/URI I mean it, FOREVER! No paper out yet but the abstract has sufficiently enticed me. Mosher and Watling report that the species Phiocreas oedipus, an echinoderm that kills its father and marries it mother, is only found on . . . → Read More: Coral and Brittle Stars, Together Forever
When the Graduate Student Handbook says PhD candidates will be submitting a book-length manuscript, they’re not kidding. Thursday I turned over my draft dissertation – 185 pages of deep thoughts about octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico. Within 5 minutes of discussion about the weight of the paper (~ 3 lbs. ) and the . . . → Read More: Dissertation emancipation
Satomi's pygmy seahorse, one of the world's smallest seahorses. It’s going to be much easier to convince people Sea Fans are Super Cool now that National Geographic photographers trained their lens on new species of pygmy sea horses from Indonesia and the Red Sea. Headlines are saying the pygmy wonder horses are endemic (hello) to . . . → Read More: Seahorses: nice backdrops for octocorals
The biodiversity of Lophelia pertusa bioherms in the North Atlantic rivals the diversity of a shallow water tropical reef. More than 800 associated species have been documented in association. . . . → Read More: Deep-corals provide habitat for numerous associated species