benthic (paleo)ecology, ichnology, paleobiology
We scientists produce science. We scientists consume science. Most of us do that. We do our research, we publish it and other scientists read it. We are keeping all the fun for ourselves!!! It is true that there are scientists, journalists and writers who devote an effort to popularize science results. They are the ones building a bridge to society and I think it is fair to do that as many of us are investigating on public money.
I have not been too good so far at this ‘popularization side’ of science. This blog is an attempt to make my small contribution. It is not the first time I start a blog. I kept a blog on cinema for about 8 months and, with my research team colleagues in Barcelona, we have been blogging short reports of our own findings for the last 5 years from PaleoNeoMed. ‘Infaunal Epiphany’ pretends to be a more personal site, where I would like to offer some lecture-like contents -on the left you can see the first one ‘What is ichnology?’- and to blog on topics related with my field of work (ichnology, benthic paleoecology, invertebrate paleobiology, …), comments on papers and news that I consider interesting, and, of course, on my own pieces of reseach.
I believe that Paleontology in particular and Earth and Life sciences in general have a great potential to interest people. I just need to find the discipline to keep this thing going, and the ability to produce something worth reading.
Wish me luck!!
Ah!! The title refers to the two essential modes of life which can be found among organisms that inhabit the seafloor (benthic organisms). Infaunal ones are those that live buried or within burrows in the substrate, while the epifaunal habit corresponds to those organisms that live upon the seafloor.
Reise K. (1991). Macrofauna in mud and sand of tropical and temperate tidal flats. In: Elliott M., DucrotoyJ-P. (eds.). Estuaries and coasts: spatial and temporal intercomparisons. ECSA19 Symposium. Olsen & Olsen, Fredensborg, Denmark.