Concept

The erstwhile king of Siluria

A planet shrinking over a few thousand years, wrinkling like an apple. Vast underground caverns filled with seawater that rises to the surface to form oceans. Volcanic eruptions powered by coal beds. All of those sound like ridiculous ideas in this day and age, but just a few hundred years ago, they represented some of…

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A brief history of the Wide Receiver Functions

Back in 2015, when my cousin set up a fantasy football league for my extended family, I named my first (and only) fantasy football team the “Wide Receiver Functions.” At the time I thought this was rather funny, but I was the only seismologist in the league, so instead of laughter I got confusion. Wide…

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Sketchnoting, or how to tame your thoughts

Shortly after ringing in the New Year, I headed to San Francisco for the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), where scientists gathered to share their most newly acquired knowledge about the behavior, genetics, locomotion, evolution, metabolism, and many other aspects of just about every branch of the tree of…

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Why is wave climate important?

When scientists and non-scientists alike hear the word “climate,” often what springs to mind are concepts relating to the atmosphere: air temperature, greenhouse gases, wind, rain, storms, etc. In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that, “Climate in a narrow sense is usually defined as the ‘average weather’ … [which is defined more…

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Unraveling earth’s natural time capsules – The GeoChronR workshop

By Lizzie Wallace The Arizona Shuttle rolls up to Flagstaff, Arizona, quite a different scene from the miles and miles of barren desert I’ve been riding through on my travel from the Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport to Northern Arizona University (NAU). At 7000 ft, Flagstaff is a cool 70 degrees surrounded by trees, mountains and…

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