NESCent's New Assistant Director of Science


click for full-zise image
NESCent welcomes Craig McClain as the Assistant Director of Science. Craig received a Ph.D. in environmental biology on deep-sea biology from UMASS Boston, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

His research focuses on untangling the complexity of processes that underlies the structure and dynamics of marine invertebrate biodiversity and body size range. This often encompasses examining the interconnections of ephemeral processes occurring within local ecological communities and long-term macroecological and macroevolutionary drivers occurring at regional/global levels. His current research focuses on how marine invertebrate communities are coupled to temporal and spatial variation in primary production. As a model system, he focuses regularly on deep-sea systems, which proves a fertile ground to develop and test models under the bottom-up dynamics of food limitation.

Craig will provide support for Science and Synthesis at NESCent through interactions with postdocs, visiting scientists and working groups. He will work closely with the Director and the Associate Director for Science to coordinate the reporting functions of the Center. Craig will also help to oversee the logistics of the proposal review system, and to help coordinate other Center activities, including Darwin Day and other symposia and workshops. He will continue to serve as the Marine and Aquatic Science Section Editor for PLoS One.

[ more ]