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Did I mention I am starting a podcast? It is called, “Oceanography Is Fun”… because it is! We (myself and co-host Kate Mackey) have been talking with ocean and climate scientists about how they got where they are, their challenges, their successes, and their advice for others. We will begin releasing episodes after we have a few for you to peruse—sometime in March. We have some interviews finished and will be conducting several more at next month’s Ocean Sciences meeting. Frequency is expected to be a new episode every 2 weeks. Here’s a tentative image for the pod:

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Blogging Backlog (Sept. 2017-Dec. 2018)

December 2018 events

AGU. Chaired an interesting session on the climate-volcanism connection. Crazy line-up of speakers:

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Wally couldn’t make it, so we had an informal series of lightning talks by Kim Cobb and more.

November 2018 events

My paper describing a new model for nitrate consumption in iron-limited ocean regions was published in Nature Communications in October, but it had a major error (their fault—they didn’t perform all the proof corrections I asked). It was finally fixed and here it is (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01219-7): prafter-2017-NatureCommFront

 

I also paid a visit to my pals at Cal Tech to talk oceanography, science, and proxies:

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October 2018 events

I was on the Comer family farm in Wisconsin for the Comer Family Foundation Climate Conference (a.k.a. “The Changelings Meeting”). Great people, great food, beautiful place, great time. Here I am presenting my research on producing a glacial-interglacial carbon budget of the Gulf of California—work that suggests increased deglacial seafloor volcanism (in review at PNAS) to Wally Broecker:

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September 2018 events

Visited Friday Harbor Laboratory in Puget Sound, WA for the Ocean Memory Workshop. It was jus as weird as it sounds. For example, we made this thing (this is me standing with John Baross, an important figure in origin-of-life science):

 

 

Blogging backlog

 

August 2017: While back east, I visited the Smithsonian’s deep sea coral archives in Washington D.C. Not sure we will get interesting, usable data, but my trip was fruitful (I learned a lot).

July 2017: Gordon Chemical Oceanography (in New London, NH)
I was very happy to give a talk at the Gordon Seminar, then present my poster at the Gordon Conference. Great talks by old and new friends.

June 2017: I was one of 4 scientists to be honored by AGU as an “Outstanding Reviewer” for 2 journals. This kind of thing makes me very excited because my reviews for one journal (GBC) were all modern biogeochemical studies. My reviews for the other journal (GRL) were all paleoceanographic studies.

 

April 25th: Visited Rutgers University. Gave the “Ice and Fire and CO2” talk. Stayed with Yair Rosenthal (thanks!)

A (literal) song of ice and fire and CO2

I’ve been giving a talk on my latest research titled “A song of ice and fire and CO2,” which is (of course) an homage to the sometimes-great/sometimes-ridiculous series of books by George R. R. Martin. (You may have heard of the most popular television series in the world called Game of Thrones, which is based on these books.)

I gave this talk at Pomona College the other day and was pleasantly surprised that most of the students “got it”. I say this because it’s a complicated story and they were all undergraduates.

Not only did they get it, but one student actually WROTE A SONG ABOUT MY RESEARCH!

Here it is:

My sincerest thanks for Anika Arvanitis for her work!