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A study of caves and climate

When you hear someone talk about “caves,” you probably think of bats, darkness, claustrophobia, and deep passages below the very ground you are standing on. The last one is especially true if you’re in Texas! It turns out that the mineral properties of stalagmites from these environments can help unfold…

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The Tax Bill: What Can We Do?

“…We know things are bad- worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy…” – The Network, 1979 This classic rant from the movie The Network has a new meaning for me this past year. Especially since two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have…

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Who gets geology PhDs?

Update December 6, 2017: I’ll be presenting on this at AGU Tuesday, December 12! A link to the abstract here. Also, I’ll be looking at the data for atmospheric and ocean sciences (and updating the numbers through 2015) in early 2018 so stay tuned. The thing that sucks about being in…

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How to Rock GSA

Once a year, the Geological Society of America (or GSA for short) holds an annual research conference where geologists gather to present and share their research with fellow geologists. The conference is a great opportunity for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to network, practice their presentation skills, and soak in…

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School of Rock

Over the past 4+ years, I’ve learned that if nothing else, working on your PhD will take you to some unexpected places. This summer, it was a drillship. For a geoscience education workshop. For three weeks. Almost every year the International Oceanic Discovery Program (IODP) holds a workshop called School of Rock…

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