April-October Update

Difficult to update the webpage when you’re having the craziest / busiest / funnest (sp?) year of your life. Here are some of the many cool things I got into since my last update.

MARCH 2018:
Attended another Ocean Memory workshop / meeting / get-together. I drove up with a new Ocean Memory friend, we surfed, we then picked up another friend (after her special birthday) and drove into the Santa Cruz mountains (where Djerassi is). I’m very lucky to be involved with these weird, wonderful, and crazy smart people. Next stop: Catalina Island (I’m organizing!)

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All of us are artists and scientists and this is the moment when we conceived of the “Sawtooth Collective”. More to come…
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banana slugs are real. 
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these are famous people. sitting on a piece of art in the woods. that’s what kind of place we were working in. 
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fantastic dinners for the Ocean Memory investigators
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my lodging was in an old horse stable. this was my source of heat. i loved it.

APRIL 2018:
I officiated a wedding in Pioneertown, CA.

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Me, my wife, and a cactus (center).

May 2018:
Attended the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 planning workshop in Boulder, CO.

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mountains

JUNE 2018:
Attended the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative mid-grant meeting.

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Also visited some friends at JCVI to talk about a new project. This will be some straight-up incredible stuff—if it works!

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JULY 2018:
I received a mini-fellowship to learn about “paleo pCO2” methods. In my proposal, I asked to make some preliminary measurements of boron isotopes with my buddies James Rae and Will Gray in St. Andrew’s Scotland. We got some very interesting results and I also went surfing in the Atlantic.

AUGUST 2018:
Goldschmidt conference in Boston, MA. Very fun times.

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the charles river

SEPTEMBER 2018:
Travel starts to slow down, but everything is now coming due (lots of job applications going out the door). Also gave a talk at USC.

OCTOBER 2018:

Gave a talk at UW—the University of Washington. I had been waiting for this day for a long time. Gave the best talk of my life, had many great conversations, ate some good food, enjoyed some fall foliage… so many great friends.

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Podcast Preview

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!