Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) moves to the Senate floor – Speaking of Geoscience

By Morgan Disbrow-Monz, GSA Science Policy Fellow Dr. David Applegate On 14 June 2022, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advanced by voice vote Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the director of the US Geological Survey (USGS) to the Senate floor. The vote comes just over a month after the committee held … Read more

In record, Florida biologists capture nearly 100-kg Burmese python with 122 eggs

In a spectacular research moment, biologists captured the biggest Burmese python ever recorded in the state of Florida, USA. The humongous snake caught by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida measures 18 feet in length and weighs a whopping 215 pounds (approximately 98 kg), starting some serious conversations about the conservation of natural habitats in the … Read more

The human side to research brought to life by scientific artist Kelly Stanford

Scientific artist Kelly Stanford has sure come a long way since we last spoke to her in 2019. The Manchester, UK-based science communicator is a Physical Geography PhD candidate from the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute and winner of EGU’s Artist (not) in Residence in 2021. This year, at the Union’s General Assembly … Read more

New paper: Early Neoproterozoic stromatolites from south Liaoning Province, China

I’m pleased to announce the online publication of a new paper from a Chinese-American geological team (Zhang et al., 2022). I’m the sole American! My role was minor, being mostly useful for literature review and writing. The senior author is my friend Yong-Li Zhang from Northeastern University, Shenyang. He was my host on my adventurous … Read more

Integrating Climate Change, Decarbonization, and Just Transition Considerations Into Extractive Industry Contracts

Integrating Climate Change, Decarbonization, and Just Transition Considerations Into Extractive Industry Contracts by Martin Dietrich Brauch and Perrine Toledano |June 24, 2022 Photo by Tom Fisk on Pexels The relevance of climate change to the mining, oil, and gas sectors reaches well beyond the physical risks and impacts of climate change on business operations and … Read more

GeoTalk: meet Céline Heuzé, award-winning Early Career Ocean Scientist!

Céline Heuzé Hi Céline. Thank you for joining us today. Congratulations on winning the 2022 Ocean Sciences Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award! Could you tell our readers a bit about yourself and your research? As of just a few months ago, I am tenured! My exact job title is “Senior Lecturer in climatology” at … Read more

EGU22: A scientific conference through the eyes of artist Jakub Stepanovic

I am not a scientist by profession, but some years ago, I started seeing the far-reaching impact of geosciences as I navigated some of the Earth’s fascinating locations. From wild, remote areas to urban jungles, I learned to appreciate the sciences that make sense of places, and this concept started to inspire my artistic practice. … Read more

New study offers insight into past—and future—of west-side wildfires – BIOENGINEER.ORG

When the 2020 Labor Day Fires torched more than 300,000 hectares over the span of two weeks in parts of western Oregon and Washington, they devastated communities and put the threat of west-side fires squarely into focus. A new study led by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station examines the context surrounding the … Read more

Cocrystal engineering—a clever way for designing multifunctional material – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Cocrystal engineering is an ingenious strategy for assembling organic molecules through the non-covalent interaction force, avoiding harsh experimental conditions (i.e., high temperature and high pressure). By selecting the appropriate components, the donor-acceptor (DA) molecules can be assembled like the jigsaw puzzle. Under the intermolecular interaction, such as π – π interactions, hydrogen bonds, and halogen … Read more