The Ground is Quicksand! (aka Liquefaction)

One of my favorite childhood games was called The Ground is Quicksand. I would leap around my backyard from rock to stump to patch of grass avoiding any sandy patch of ground. If I lingered on a patch of sand for more than just a few milliseconds, the ground would swallow me whole! As I…

Making My Way From Mountains To Mud: Part 3

We teach school children that science is inaccessible and scientists are socially inept. Crazy scientists hide behind lab benches. They are disguised beneath white coats and thick glasses. Their hair is disheveled, their motivations shady, their sentences long and entangled in complexity. I wasn’t impressed with this type of science. My journey into science wasn’t…

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,…

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…

Making My Way From Mountains To Mud: Part 1

How did I make my way from mountains to mud? Well, I had just graduated high school and was celebrating my last summer before starting college by taking a cross-country road trip with my older sister. We were both young and poor and adventurous. As such, our days consisted of long hours behind the wheel,…