News of the WeekNewsmaker Interview: Ian Poiner

Counting the Ocean's Creatures, Great and Small

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Science  01 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6000, pp. 25
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6000.25

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Next week, participants will gather in London to celebrate the first ever Census of Marine Life (CoML). Tropical marine ecologist Ian Poiner, chief executive of the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, was involved in the census from the beginning and has chaired the scientific steering committee since 2008. Although CoML is a milestone, many questions about ocean life remain unanswered, Poiner notes: "The age of discovery is still with us."