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Six things I learned about Giant Isopods while Sizing Ocean Giants

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 13, 2015

Today, Craig McClain, along with a massive team of ocean scientists (including me!) published our monumental paper: Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna. This massive monograph investigates patterns of size among 25 ocean giants, the biggest, most massive members of their respective taxa. You can probably guess which species I had a hand […]

Snowy Owls and Goliath Groupers: Why I co-authored “Trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction.”

Blogging, Conservation, deep sea, Environmentalism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Personal Stories, Science, SustainabilityJanuary 9, 2015

In both my professional and private life, I am a man who wears many hats. I am a deep-sea ecologist, a science writer, a goatherd, a geneticist, a conservation advocate, a grill master, and many others. When David asked me to join him in co-authoring “Trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction: A way forward building on […]

There is 10,000 times more plastic in the deep sea than in surface waters.

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 17, 2014

Ocean plastics is one of the most pernicious problems facing the ocean. One-time use plastics, which, ironically, can persist for thousands of years, often find themselves carried downstream, settling on our beaches, our coastlines, and in large aggregations within oceanic gyres. We’re still trying to cope with the extent to which plastics, and particularly microplastics–tiny […]

Busting Ocean Myths: This anglerfish is not as kink as you think.

deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 28, 2014

The claim: Deep-sea Anglerfish have parasitic dwarf males that fuse to their mates and become nothing more than wibbly gonads hanging off of the much larger female.  Who said it: Well, pretty much everyone. This Oatmeal Comic, Ze Frank, me. Status: Sometimes true, sometimes false. I’d like you to meet a very dear friend of mine. […]

Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining

biology, Conservation, deep sea, Environmentalism, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 21, 2014

The mining of deep-sea hydrothermal vents for gold, copper, and other precious metals, is imminent. Over the last seven years I’ve worked with industry, academia, and international regulatory agencies to help craft guidelines for conducting environmental impact studies and assess the connectivity and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems. Deep-sea mining, particularly at hydrothermal vents, is a […]

The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman: the grand finale

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 12, 2014

We’ve traveled far, this last week. From gentle basking sharks gliding across the surface of the North Sea to titanically tiny worms dwelling in the deep. The variant cover for Aquaman #31 is a fantastically diverse sampling of real ocean organisms, many of them not only profoundly weird but also almost entirely unstudied. Mike Allred’s is […]

Nereus, never to rise.

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 10, 2014

Reports are coming in from the Kermadec Expedition that Nereus, the world’s first Hybrid AUV/ROV and deepest diving robot, has perished. The full-ocean capable robot, who dove to the bottom of Challenger Deep several year before James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger, was lost on a 10,000 meter dive in the Kermadec Trench. Researchers and crew members were hopeful that […]

The penultimate installment of the incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 9, 2014

We are approaching the home stretch, with the second to last installment of our tour through this amazing Aquaman cover. Have you been following along? How many have you guessed so far? If you haven’t been following along, you can catch up with the previous installments, below: The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover The […]

The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover: Part four of a six part trilogy.

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 8, 2014

Welcome to day four of our delightful tour through the weird, wonderful creatures on Michael Allred’s incredible Aquaman cover. It’s all fish today! Since we’re at the halfway point, now seems like a good time to reflect on why this cover matters so much. I’ve been a fan of Aquaman for a long time, and for all […]

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