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SNOMI – The Summer Nighttime Outdoor Misery Index

During the summer academic geologists commonly spend time in the field doing research; it’s one of the great things about studying the Earth.  I’m

The Saddest Affair: A Geologic Perspective on the Battle of the Crater, U.S. Civil War

One hundred and fifty years ago this week a terrible and pernicious battle was fought at Petersburg, Virginia during the American Civil War. In

Summer Research: Stories from the Microscope

The Buckmarlson Banshees have spent much of the past seven weeks in the field working to understand the geology of the eastern Blue Ridge

What I learned from rejection

I had my first big rejection last week. I mean big. The crushing, leaves you speechless type of rejection. In February, I submitted a

Summer Research: Introducing the Buckmarlson Banshees

Try to find Buckmarlson on a map and you won’t have much luck.  It’s the newly created place name for our field area in

The Longhill drainage ditch, when knickpoints move

Last Fall I started a ‘series’ focused on rivers and their watersheds.  Six months have elapsed since that first post and another write up

An open letter to SOMOS and MANOS seniors, May 2014

I make my living with words and, most times, I’m able to say something close to what I’m thinking and feeling. I am rarely

Senior Research Saturday 2014

The year-long senior research project is an important piece in the William & Mary Geology major.  All W&M Geology majors complete an intensive independent

Rolling Deep with the Penrose Conference on Orogenic Systems

This past week I co-convened a Geological Society of America Penrose Conference focused on Feedbacks and Linkages in Orogenic Systems.   An orogen is a