Hours after a 1929 earthquake, a tsunami battered the coast of eastern Canada. Twenty-three years later, a radical new picture of Earth history emerged from the ocean.
For geoscientists, lacking direct experience is a common quandary (and it should be noted, a happy one!) One great workaround: the thought experiment. Back in 1909, the eminent geographer William Morris Davis used his powers of imagination to visualize how the Connecticut River might have carved its valley and left terraces. Here’s a beautiful sketch […]
I had a new paper come out this month, entitled “Numerical model predictions of autogenic fluvial terraces and comparison to climate change expectations.” The paper and supplemental movies are up now at Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. This work developed from the last chapter of my thesis with my adviser and co-author Mike […]
It’s hard to imagine, but simultaneity is a thoroughly modern concept. Before the telegraph, long-distance messages were carried exclusively by hand. The time delay built into all forms of communication ensured that what happened in the city one day would be a historical account by the time it made it to the countryside. By effectively […]
“Welcome to the lithosphere!” – Jason Saleeby, greeting newly erupted lava in Hawaii, March 2013. So I’m starting a blog. Towards the end of my PhD I started a log of sorts to track my research–incremental steps, breakthroughs, dead ends–and to maintain a space for taking down half-formed ideas and sorting out alternatives when I […]
Blog coming January 2016.