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From the Archives: Ex Omnia Conchis - Darwin and His Beloved Barnacles

[caption id="attachment_464" align="alignleft" width="272" caption="Darwin-Wedgewood Crest"] [/caption] ***This post was a brief write up of a Darwin Day presentation I gave at Duke Marine Lab in 2010.*** Barnacles held an immense fascination for Darwin.

February 27, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

From the Archives: Shrimp Tails - Describing a New Species

***Just wanted to thank everyone for the support while my son was ill. It meant so much to me! It took 2 and half weeks, a transfer to a regional children's hospital and a surgical tube in his chest to drain nearly 80mL of fluid that compressed his lung, due to the infection.

February 26, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Trying to Catch His Breath With a Hole-Ridden Safety Net

I'm sitting here on a bed that constantly readjusts itself. It's terribly annoying and when I lay down on it there is a low rumbling of the motor that pushes air to my legs and sucks it from butt.

February 10, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Guest Post: What Happens if We Call for a Boycott and No One Shows Up?

Below is a guest post from my colleague Dr. Michael S. Rosenberg (msr at asu dot edu) who is an associate professor at Arizona State University. I think he has an interesting perspective in this discussion that can contribute to broader questions of redefining academia.

January 18, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Scientists, Fight For Access!

Ask many scientists what they believe separates the pursuit of scientific inquiry from most everything else and you'll get a wide range of open-ended, flowery, idealistic, and nearly altruistic, statements like "unlock the mysteries of the world", "the thrill of discovery", "making a meaningful contribution to society", or "improving people's lives".

January 6, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

The (Mis)use of Messaging in Biodiversity Loss Prevention

One of the challenges of biodiversity conservation is evoking a sense of place and an urgency of action to people. When we can’t even agree on a definition of what biodiversity is, it makes it all the more difficult to tell the public they should give a damn.

January 4, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Cave-Dwelling Invertebrates Enjoy Exotic Cuisine

[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Jenolan Caves, Australia. CC licensed image courtesy of flickr user avlxyz."] [/caption] While the deep-sea may be the final frontier for marine biologists, caves remain one of the most elusive frontiers on (or rather, under) the land.

December 28, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Jumping Spiders Take the Leafen Path

[caption id="attachment_351" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Phidippus princeps, a jumping spider. Click image to see them in motion! Image still by Thomas Shahan."] [/caption] As we carve out our domains for home, business or farm among the landscape, we give little thought to our eco-engineering on the previous denizens we "annexed" the land from.

December 23, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

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