What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

Date: April 20, 2018

Source: The New York Times
Author: JoAnna Klein

Tiny crustaceans complete a massive daily vertical migration in the world’s oceans. New research suggests their commute may play an important role in the health of the planet.

John Dabiri isn’t an oceanographer. And he’s not a biologist. But for more than a decade, he’s been studying tiny shrimp swimming through water. It hasn’t always been easy.

In 2014, he found his research on small crustaceans under the powerful microscope of Tom Coburn, then a Republican senator from Oklahoma who crusaded against government spending during his time in office. In his government “Wastebook” that year, the senator dismissed Dr. Dabiri’s work as the study of “synchronized swimming for sea monkeys.”

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