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According to a new paper showing temporal and spatial patterns of migratory routes and spawning grounds of bluefin tuna, they were in the Gulf of Mexico spawning at the moment the oil well exploded and all that oil started gushing out (and then dispersed with toxic chemicals). Nobody is fishing there now, and no professional…

News from NESCent – Craig MccLain of the Deep Sea News fame just had a paper published. This is the video that explains what that is all about: Also read the press release. And the reference is: McClain, C. and J. P. Barry (2010). “Habitat heterogeneity, biogenic disturbance, and resource availability work in concert to…

A shark conservation documentary and lesson plan, made by David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science.

From the NC Museum of Life Sciences: Program Type: Science Talk Date: Mar. 9, 7 pm – Mar. 9, 8 pm Location: Museum of Natural Sciences – Auditorium Fee: $6 General Public, $4 Members, $3 Students The Ecological and Economic Importance of Sharks, Threats They Face, and How You Can Help Lecture, slide show &…

Megalodon and other sharks at Darwin Day

Last night, braving horrible traffic on the way there, and snow on the way back, I made my way to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for the Darwin Day shark lecture co-organized by NESCent and the sneak preview of the Megalodon exhibit which officially opens today. I have to say that the trip was…

A new forum at World Science is up. As always, listen to the podcast first, then ask questions in the forum: This week, India rejected what would have been the country’s first a genetically modified food crop, a transgenic eggplant. The company that developed it, an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto, claims the crop would reduce…

Yes, years after I left the lab, I published a scientific paper. How did that happen? Back in 2000, I published a paper on the way circadian clock controls the time of day when the eggs are laid in Japanese quail. Several years later, I wrote a blog post about that paper, trying to explain…

On Tuesday I went to the monthly pizza lunch at Sigma Xi, featuring a guest lecture by Dr. David B. Eggleston, Professor of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at North Carolina State University and the Director of Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST). I posted a brief summary of the talk on the Science…

Craig McClain talk at Sigma Xi

Although I’ve known Craig McClain for a few years now, both online and offline, I only had some vague ideas about what kind of research he is doing. I knew it has something to do with the Deep Sea and with the evolution of body size, but I did not know the details. So, when…