Jarrett discovered that the world’s first Dance Your PhD contest just took place in Vienna – and it is FIIINE. All those scientific talks must lead to a talent for interpretive dance. You must watch the videos – I especially like the loincloth-clad antelope hunter and the insane flailing techno-astronomer.
Actually, Jarrett and I are experienced interpretive dancers. After spending some very long summers out on an island in the middle of the Gulf of Maine as undergrads, we were able to dance the entire Gulf of Maine rocky assemblage, from barnacles to snails to crabs. And we did. Often at college parties. (Because we’re cool! Only cool people know different dances for Littorina littorea vs. Littorina obtusata!)
Marine scientists would totally represent if we decided to take up this most excellent tradition – perhaps at next year’s WSN conference. With a sheyn ponem like this one (“a pretty face,” but it sounds better in Yiddish), marine biologists are clearly made to rock.