Dating back to the Ordovician period about 450 million years ago,
Bryozoa are small aquatic invertebrates with exoskeletons that typically sieve food particles out of the water with a crown of tentacles. The individual zooids live in colonies forming fans, bushes, and sheets.
“Bryozoa”, from Ernst Haeckel‘s , 1904 Kunstformen der Natur
Dennis P. Gordon, distinguished taxonomist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, has described “
New Hippothoidae (Bryozoa) from Australasia” in the journal Zootaxa.
Dennis and Jesse Ausubel worked together in the Census of Marine Life 2000-2010. Dennis has named a new genus of Hippothoidae Bryozoans the
Jessethoa and the first species Jessethoa ausubeli.
Jessethoa ausubeli, ovicellate zooid, scalebar: 0.1 millimeter, photographed with scanning electron microscope; collected about 60 m deep NE of Spirits Bay, North Island, New Zealand
This brings the total of described hippothoid genera to nine
(plus two fossil) and species to 83 recent (plus 15 fossil).
The Jessethoa page in the World Registry of Marine Species
The Jessethoa ausubeli page in the World Registry of Marine Species
On behalf of the entire Census of Marine Life, Jesse is
greatly honored to be permanently associated with this fascinating taxon. Thank, Dennis Gordon!
The lively mind and pen of Robert Bryce have authored the new book,
A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations. We were happy to talk with Robert about subjects in the book, for example, vertical cities. ‘Ausubel continued, “Basically, height is electrical.”‘ (p. 24)
Journalist Eric Niler publishes a good feature in Wired magazine on eDNA that includes coverage of the work of PHE’s Mark Stoeckle:
‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life With the help of a new kind of drone, marine biologists can sequence DNA found in the ocean to reveal what’s living in an ecosystem—and what’s missing.
PHE researcher Iddo Wernick published a short essay ‘
The Big Data Mindset” in Issues in Science and Technology
Leonardo DNA Project: Strategy, goals and aspirations. A bridge across science and art. This is the chapter from Leonardo da Vinci, The Faces of Genius, the superb 2019 book edited by Christian Galvez.
We scanned and now post Jesse Ausubel’s pre-Internet paper
In Some Thoughts on Geophysical Prediction Policy Aspects of Climate Forecasting, R Krasnow (ed), pp. 97-109, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, 1986
We also post the
2-page memo that Jesse wrote in 2016 about Limits to Knowledge for the Deep Carbon Observatory.
During the past couple of years several authors have made good use of our work in their books. These include:
The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It – December 31, 2019 – by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister
Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance
by Laurence B. Siegel | Dec 5, 2019
More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources?and What Happens Next – October 8, 2019
by Andrew McAfee
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress – January 15, 2019 by Steven Pinker
It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear – March 5, 2019 by Gregg Easterbrook
the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research has just issued the
4th newsletter of the International Quiet Oceans Experiment.
Our great friend of many years, Arthur L. Singer, passed away 25 December 2019. The New York Times published an accurate, informative
obituary. Art’s own memoir is posted here.
We post Jesse’s
Remembrance of Arthur Singer, Old Friend, penned on 7 January 2020.
For decades we have enjoyed stimulating conversations, co-authorship, and the deep reading of David S. Thaler. A protege of Joshua Lederberg, David spent many years at The Rockefeller University and is now based at the Biozentrum – Center for Molecular Life Sciences in Basel, Switzerland. David now rejoins RU as a guest investigator with PHE, and mutual interests spanning evolution, barcodes, Leonardo, and more. Welcome, David.