The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Northwest Glaciologists’ Meeting

October 18th, 2014 No Comments

Today I presented an overview [PDF] of the Greenland Ice Microbiome Project at the Northwest Glaciologists’ Meeting in Fairbanks. It was encouraging that they didn’t laugh at me (except where they were supposed to)!

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August 27th, 2014 No Comments

Hello Seoul! Make sure to meet Cryomics postdoc Anne-Lise Ducluzeau at poster #109A in Session PS23 – Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme environments. Also don’t miss Jeff Bowman‘s talk on Friday at 2:30 in CS40: Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme — “Increased rates of horizontal gene transfer in psychrophilic genomes and potential links […]

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Should I stay or should I go?

February 7th, 2013 No Comments

I’m going to the Polar Marine Sciences Gordon Conference next month in California. Which means I have to get from here to there. I just did some calculations, and the results are surprising and rather discouraging. Surprising because after some research I learned that Amtrak is not nearly as efficient as I expected it to […]

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Goldschmidt 2012 wrap-up

July 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

I’ve returned from my first Goldschmidt conference in Montréal, which was excellent. There are so many connections between biology and geochemistry that await research, it is a very exciting time to be working at the interface. However, one thing I noticed that was strikingly different from other recent conferences I’ve attended was the complete absence […]

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International Polar Year 2012

May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

I’ve just returned from the IPY2012 conference in Montréal, which was a very interesting mix of science, culture, and politics. On the Science side, there were lots of great presentations wrapping up years of polar research. I spent a lot of time in the Polar Microbes, Polar Marine Ecosystems, and Polar Terrestrial Ecosystems sessions, but […]

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