Postcards from Scientists – What is your favorite interval of geological time?

Postcards from Scientists – What is your favorite interval of geological time?

Geological time is hard to get your head around if you are not used to studying it. The Earth has been around for 4.6 billion years and modern humans have only been here for less than a million years. With lifetimes of less than 100 years its hard to fathom the extent of geological time but when you start to look at the different geological time intervals and the things that happened during them it…

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Carmine Wainman talks about the hidden surprises when drilling below the seafloor: How often do our predictions become a reality? Some things can be anticipated like the time of the tides, other things less so like Leicester City wining the Premier League. More often than not, geoscience research has similar traits and it’s the unpredictability of the rocks we encounter that drives many of us to have careers in this field. Drilling on the JOIDES…

Postcards from Scientists – Carmine’s rocks and the Roaring Forties

  Hello curious people! My name is Carmine Wainman and I am a British Sedimentologist onboard Expedition 369 on the JOIDES Resolution. I have just submitted my PhD and now I work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia. My research will involve unravelling the secrets of the Cretaceous rocks in the Bight Basin south of Australia. We can use this ancient record to provide insights into how the Earth behaved…

Reddit AMA session on Sept 1 at 5pm-7pm EST. “Hidden Continent Zealandia”

AMA Science Series, March 2017 Dr Jerry Dickens, Professor at Rice University, Texas and Co Chief Scientist on Joides Resolution Expedition 371, answered questions on the proposed drilling program; “Finding the submerged continent of Zealandia.” Now 5 months later, at the midway point of the expedition, Jerry goes under the pump again, to answer your questions.  Reddit AMA session on Sept 1 at 5pm-7pm EST. Dr Gerry Dickens, talks about ocean drilling and “Zealandia” From…

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Dr Gerry Dickens: Co Chief Scientist JR Exp371, gives a fresh new light on: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Known for its musical score, groundbreaking cinematography, and fascinating characters, the now classic spaghetti western gives us a true epic, both in length and story. After nearly three hours, all comes to a three-way shootout over buried treasure — the three gunslingers, as almost any movie buff knows, each reflecting a facet of the…

Pekar’s Blog August 2nd: Why did I become a scientist?

Why did I become a scientist? I guess that is a question that is asked a great deal to me. I am always puzzled by this question as for me, being a scientist (and especially a professor) is probably the coolest, most fun occupations one can have. Think back being a kid. We always loved exploring, playing, creating, and making things out of our imagination and creativity. Well, that is what a scientist does for…

July 26 Blog: Exploring the long lost continent of Zealandia: Background & Scientific goals for Expedition 371

IODP Expedition 371: Exploring the Tectonic and Climate History of Zealandia This expedition has an amazing task in front of it as it will try to tackle scientific questions about both the tectonic and climate history of Zealandia as well as try to connect how tectonic changes affected global climate in the past. To fully understand the recent past, it may be nice to first look back at the history of Zealandia through geologic history….

Thinking about Rocks

Everything I’ve ever known about rocks comes from exploring a creek bed in southern Kentucky with my Grandma. My parents would drop myself and my brother off every summer without fail for a week or two at Grandma’s. She lived in a small town and her neighbors were dairy farmers. Usually we’d take a day trip out to the creek with a trunk full of a packed cooler, towels, and old plastic buckets (the kind…

A reflective prelude blog before I leave on this amazing adventure

Waiting in JFK for the flight………. The flying portion of this journey will take me half around the Earth, into the southern hemisphere, past New Zealand and to ancient continent of Australia. The entire journey will consist of about 20 hours of flight time in total, with a stop over at LAX and then a 15-hour flight to Sydney, Australia. The first leg of the journey will take me to the non-exotic place of LAX,…

The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

Good science is conservative. Good scientists, by nature, are good skeptics. Scientists can argue for decades over a working hypothesis before consensus is ever reached. We can spend our entire careers disagreeing and trying to counter other arguments regarding a particular scientific concept. Due to this natural skepticism, a humongous body of evidence is required to dismantle any pre-existing idea. One example of this skeptical scientific process involves telling the story of what might have…