Dungeons and Darwins

Mick Follows is a research scientist at MIT, and he uses his computer to model the ocean. He asks himself how all the little pieces – the life, the water, the chemicals – fit together.

Follows suggested this metaphor: “When I write down the recipe and stir it up, does the cake come out like I expected it to?”

We’ll follow Mick Follows into his virtual world and hear about how it relates to one of the most popular fantasy role‐playing games ever created. And we’ll visit an education tool of his that’s the size of a moving truck.



Map of phytoplankton groups from a model developed by Mick Follows and his research team. Credit: Oliver Jahn.

The viz wall at MIT, a programmable canvas used to examine large images and movies of the Earth. Credit: Mick Follows.

Education Standards

National Science Education Standards Grade 5 to 8

National Science Education Standards Grade 9 to 12

Ocean Literacy Principles

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Dungeons and Darwins


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