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At the library

The DOI system is great and all, and I love being able to access nearly the entire scientific literature without having to leave my desk. But there’s something wonderful about looking up a textbook with no full-text access online, and…
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Cracking the mystery of the corrosive ocean

Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current to flow through the North Atlantic Ocean. This process, suggested by new climate model simulations, resolves a long-standing mystery regarding ocean acidification in the…
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The Best of Denial101x – Week 1

The latest brainchild of John Cook is the free online edX course Denial 101x. This course, tackling basic climate science as well as the science of climate change denial, had amassed 15,000 students as of May 12. You can access…
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We just published in Nature Geoscience

It turns out that when you submit a paper to a journal like Nature Geoscience “just in case, we have nothing to lose, they’ll probably reject it straight away”…sometimes you are unexpectedly successful. Read it here! Assorted media coverage: Commentary…
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My Research with Steve

Almost four years ago I took a job as a summer student of Dr. Steve Easterbrook, in the software engineering lab of the University of Toronto. This was my first time taking part in research, but also my first time…
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Rewinding the Clock

I don’t really care about the panda bears. But that’s not saying this problem isn’t serious. This is a people problem, this is a billion dead people problem. This is a national security problem. This is rewinding the clock 300…
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My Cartoon Supervisors

My supervisors are so distinguished that they now exist in cartoon form! If that’s not the mark of a successful science communicator, I’m not sure what is. Here is Katrin: And here is Matt: A former supervisor of mine also…
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A New Chapter

It has been a very busy few months. Here are some of the things I have done since I last wrote: Moved out of our apartment in Canada Spent three weeks in Ireland with my partner’s family – this was…
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Two Great TED Talks

Both are about climate modelling, and both are definitely worth 10-20 minutes of your time. The first is from Gavin Schmidt, NASA climate modeller and RealClimate author extraordinaire: The second is from Steve Easterbrook, my current supervisor at the University…
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What I am doing with my life

After a long hiatus – much longer than I like to think about or admit to – I am finally back. I just finished the last semester of my undergraduate degree, which was by far the busiest few months I’ve…
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The Arctic Has Barfed

I was scanning my blog stats the other day – partly to see if people were reading my new post on the Blue Mountains bushfires, partly because I just like graphs – when I noticed that an article I wrote…
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Cover Your Ears and Sing Loudly

At public hearings on the environmental impacts of proposed oil pipelines, Canadians are no longer allowed to discuss climate change: any testimonials concerning how the oil was produced (“upstream effects”) and what will happen when it is burned (“downstream effects”)…
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Explorers

On Monday evening, a Canadian research helicopter in northwest Nunavut crashed into the Arctic Ocean. Three men from the CGCS Amundsen research vessel were on board, examining the sea ice from above to determine the best route for the ship…
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Bits and Pieces

Now that the academic summer is over, I have left Australia and returned home to Canada. It is great to be with my friends and family again, but I really miss the ocean and the giant monster bats. Not to…
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The Mueller Glacier

Recently I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the South Island of New Zealand. I am actually a Kiwi by birth (that’s why it’s so easy for me to work in Australia) but grew up in Canada. This…
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