I've visited the oceans depths in a submersible. I'm a deep-sea biologist. AMA!
I'm a deep-sea biologist that also helps oversee a research center focused on evolutionary biology at Duke University (craigmcclain.com). I've participated in dozens of oceanographic expeditions taking me to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. I've been to the bottom of the ocean at 1 mile deep and have worked with remotely operated vehicles at 2.5 miles deep. I am a connoisseur and contributor of research on the body size of animals, including the Giant Isopod and Giant Squid (storyofsize.com). But my favorite research topic is the diversity of deep-sea invertebrates, especially snails, and the range of their often bizarre adaptations to the environmental extremes of the deep oceans.
Currently I'm researching wood falls in the deep oceans; logs and whole trees that saturate with water and sink to the deep-sea floor. These wooden carcasses bring a rare commodity to the deep sea devoid of light and plants—food. On the seafloor these wood falls are covered in unique marine invertebrates wholly adapted to eating wood. I'm so passionate about this work I'm crowd sourcing the project. If you are interested check out this sweet deep-sea video with a sick dub step audio track at tinyurl.com/gotwoodfall
I am also the founder and chief editor of Deep-Sea News (deepseanews.com), a highly popular ocean themed blog written by seven marine scientists.
Looking forward to your questions on a life of science, being crammed in a submersible, body size of marine animals, wood falls, crazy deep-sea creatures, and anything else you can think of. Ask Me Anything!
UPDATE: Thanks everyone for an amazing AMA. I enjoyed answering everyone's questions. Don't hesitate to continue to post further questions and I'll try to answer them when can.