Coastal Wetlands vs. Climate Change – How We (and Sand) Can Decide the Victor

Coastal wetlands, like this tidal marsh, are not only beautiful, they are also home to diverse ecosystems and act as protective buffers between coastal communities and the sometimes stormy and destructive ocean. Worryingly, sea-level rise and bigger storms threaten to flood and erode these vital environments as climate change worsens. One method that has been…

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…

A Local Perspective on Sea-Level Change

I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before… “glaciers are melting and sea level is rising”. At first glance, this is a simple concept that many people have already become tired of hearing about. But allow me to add a bit more intrigue; the intricacies of how sea-level rise is experienced differently around the world…

The Levee Dilemma

Levees, those wonderful walls that protect us and our land from destructive floods, come with a dark little secret – they protect us today but doom us tomorrow. Levees are walls that run along the shoreline of a body of water and can be either natural or man-made. Levees can naturally form by sediment settling…

SciComm Book Club

Science in social media… a seemingly daunting sphere to break into for those of us without a large social media presence. To help me through this transition, I am taking part in Max Showalter’s SciComm Book Club. In Chapter 2 of Science Blogging (From Page to Pixel – a personal history of science blogging written…