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January 16, 2020

Mentors Have The Power To Shape Your Life: AGU Interns Share Their Experiences for Thank Your Mentor Month

January is Thank Your Mentor Month and we wanted to highlight some of the personal mentorship experiences from two of our AGU interns, Christina Martinez and Perri Silverhart. Christina I was fortunate to meet my mentor this past June during SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience). I was on the verge of completing my undergraduate degree and she had just finished defending her PhD. I met Andy Crieghton when I …

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October 25, 2019

Career Path Feature: Active Tectonics and “Dirt Grade” Structural Geology with Christine Regalla

I was that kid who loved playing in the dirt. One summer when I was about 10, we had some construction done on our water well, and there was a pile of dirt in our yard from the excavation. That was the coolest pile of dirt. I would make mountains and watch the dirt collapse under its own weight. I would haul the hose over and make flowing torrential rivers …

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July 22, 2019

A First Geophysics Job with Project Apollo

In 1972, after my freshman year at MIT, Prof. Nafi Toksoz was kind enough to hire me to work in his research group that used data from seismometers the Apollo astronauts installed on the moon. I learned a lot from these excellent scientists, and (hopefully) helped them a little. It was exciting to have even a very minor part in a group investigating the moon’s structure and evolution.  I figure …

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May 8, 2019

Stop Talking and Listen

Career arc: A citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, located on Cape Cod, MA, Thornbrugh’s life and work center around serving American Indian Tribal Nations. Although he grew up outside of the Tribal community, his parents instilled in him a strong connection to its culture and values from an early age. While pursuing his doctorate in geography at the University of Arizona, Thornbrugh commuted an hour and 20 minutes roundtrip …

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“Activist Engineering”

Career arc: Darshan Karwat loved rockets and space for as long as he can remember. After moving to the U.S. from India, Karwat earned both a BSE and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While in school, he found himself asking questions about sustainability, social justice and the responsibilities of scientists and engineers in addressing big societal challenges like climate change. Some of those questions …

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“Under what circumstances does science help inform policy?”

Career arc: Susanne Moser has never constrained herself to just one field. During her training, she started out in physical geography, a field that incorporates “all flavors of geoscience, even humanities,” then moved into human geography, which gave her a great foundation for examining the million-dollar question: Under what circumstances does science help inform policy? She’s carried that question with her throughout her career, which has focused much on adaptation …

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“Science in Action”

Career arc: As an undergrad, Wilson studied atmospheric science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where she had an opportunity to participate in a research collaboration with Duke University. After graduating and getting a job at NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information (formerly the National Climatic Data Center), she kept in touch with the Principal Investigator from the Duke collaboration and eventually joined her lab for her graduate studies. …

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April 1, 2019

Why Should We Care About Past Environments and Climates? Views from a Paleo-Detective.

I study Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology – In the dictionary this field is defined as studies dealing with all aspects of understanding and reconstructing Earth’s past climate and environments – but most people have no idea what that means.  How can we study something that is not there anymore, events that happened millions of years ago, and why would anyone want to know what the climate was a decade ago let …

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March 7, 2019

Putting Arctic Geopolitics to Work

When I started my academic career over 25 years ago, I would never have imagined that one day I might be working for the UK Parliament or commissioned by a UK government department such as the Ministry of Defence to conduct a specialist piece of research work. Like most of my contemporaries, I was eager to learn more about the various aspects of my new job, at the University of …

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