Watch my Skype A Scientist LIVE session

I just had a blast on my Skype A Scientist Live session today! We chatted all about about mud, mangroves, sea-level, and how humans interact with coastlines (for better or worse). I answered your questions and showed some cool props from the field. If you weren't able to join me live, or just want to … Continue reading Watch my Skype A Scientist LIVE session

Family Heirlooms in the Sediment Dynamics Lab

When you join academia, you join a family. Just like all other families, we have family heirlooms that get tucked away and rediscovered by younger generations. Stories are passed down, old photos are dug up, and memories are shared. Just a couple weeks ago, our lab group reorganized our shipping container that was packed full … Continue reading Family Heirlooms in the Sediment Dynamics Lab

Diving deeper to understand eelgrass wasting disease

New studies show that eelgrass wasting disease is more common in warmer waters, leading to concerns over the future effects of climate change on eelgrass populations in Puget Sound. As tides fall and mudflats are exposed in the Salish Sea, you can glimpse a puzzle that has left scientists and policy makers perplexed. In healthy environments, … Continue reading Diving deeper to understand eelgrass wasting disease

Making My Way From Mountains To Mud: Part 2

With the March for Science coming up, I've been thinking a lot about science advocacy and the public's relationship with science. I've learned that distrust between scientists and the general public goes both ways and that scientists have a responsibility to be both a voice for science as well as an ear to the public. Luckily for me, … Continue reading Making My Way From Mountains To Mud: Part 2

Turning Field Work into Field Play

As anyone who has spent a lot of time working outside knows, field work is long and hard. I’ve been on my fair share of research trips as an observational geologist working in the tropics and learned first-hand that field work is basically made from these ingredients: stressful planning, packing hassles, long flights, inevitable food … Continue reading Turning Field Work into Field Play

A Mud Doctor and Her X-Rays

I joke a lot about training to be a mud doctor because I study muddy sediment in my PhD research. But that comparison isn’t just a play on words. Just like a “real” doctor takes x-rays to diagnose you and bandages you up to keep your innards from falling out, I collect mud samples, bandage … Continue reading A Mud Doctor and Her X-Rays