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Scientist to science writer

It began as an adventure, of the flying kind. The smell of jet fuel and the constant engine roar in the quilted interior of the de Havilland Beaver reminded me of the Arctic. Of travelling three hours by Twin Otter to a remote glacier site, then waiting anxiously two months later, in fog and rainy…

CowichanValleyFog

Blogging all over the place

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged here, but it’s not as though I’m not blogging at all. In fact, most of my posts lately have been appearing on the Canadian Science Publishing blog. Thanks to CSP for letting me share some ideas on science and society, and science culture. In case you’ve missed…

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Kayaking newbie

A klaxon sounds, six trumpet blasts echo from shore to shore. A moment of silence, and then a deep, thumping whoomph. I expect the shock wave will make the still water shiver like the surface of a giant timpani, but there is nothing. Only an untidy gaggle of Canada geese coming in for a water…

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New season, more streamflow?

The first of the West Coast’s seasonal storms has blown in on the first day of fall, and Vancouver Islanders may almost be glad to see the clouds touch the ground and feel the rain on their sunburned skin. While there’s been a lot of coverage of the drought in California, wildfires in Oregon and…