14 January 2016

Vlogging about #AGU15

Posted by Shane Hanlon

By Shane M. Hanlon

Fall Meeting is an exciting time, not just for us at AGU, but especially for all of our members who attend the meeting. The meeting can almost feel like the holiday season – a massive amount of buildup and preparation, a whirlwind of activity, and then it’s over, leaving you wishing that you had taken more time in the moment to really reflect and enjoy it. Luckily, AGU members have a habit of writing up fantastic Fall Meeting reviews and lessons-learned (some examples from the AGU Blogosphere here, here, and here). Summaries were featured on other journals’ blogs, personal blogs, we heard from first-time attendees, and even learned about a high-school student’s experience. This plethora of Fall Meeting wrap-ups is fantastic and we’re used to seeing them in writing. However, this year we saw the emergence of a different type of review – the vlog. Vlogging (or video blogging) has been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years. Vlogging has become especially popular in brand advertising but it also is carving out a spot in other areas, such as AGU conference reviews. Below we highlight three student vloggers from our AGU network.


Simon Clark is a third year PhD candidate in atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter in the UK. He uploads videos on bits of science which are relevant to what he does, and sometimes just because they’re really cool. His Twitter handle is @SimonOxPhys. Check out his YouTube channel here.



Kimberly Gottschalk is a peer mentor for the BUILD EXITO Program at Portland State University. She is working towards her B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Physics at Portland State University (PSU). Her goal is to earn a doctorate in Physical Oceanography and study how salinity changes due to fresh water influx are affecting circulation patterns in polar oceans. Check out her YouTube channel here.



Joe Cuevas is an undergraduate researcher and amateur science writer studying Marine Science at the University of San Diego and conducting paleoceanographic research with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His work can be found at waterloggedbooks.wordpress.com and he is very active on twitter as @JoeMCuevas. Check out his YouTube channel here.

Like what you see? Then make your own! Are you attending AAAS or Ocean Sciences 2016? Vlog about your experiences. Have a winter field season? Share your work. Reached out to share your science with community groups or journalists? Let your peers know. If you have or create a vlog, then let us know at [email protected] and we’ll feature it through our Blogosphere!

– Shane M. Hanlon is an AGU Sharing Science Specialist