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#EarthScienceWeek: Top 10 stories from the past year

Last week was #EarthScienceWeek, and to celebrate my co-editor and I over at Science Borealis picked our top 10 earth & environmental science stories from the past year. Our list included: Rosetta Philae lander California drought NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby algal blooms in the Great Lakes discovery of water on Mars Siberian methane craters…

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New Women in Science Post

Last week my latest women in science interview went up on the Canadian Science Publishing blog. This time I profiled Dr. Rita Winkler, a Research Hydrologist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations. I chose Rita because we’ve been friends and colleagues for almost ten years now – ever since I…

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Finding home

Spring is out in full force on the West Coast, punctuated by pink cherry blossoms, yellow forsythia, and the delicately sculptured white blooms of sweet-scented magnolia. Red-winged blackbirds are puffing up to squeeze out their buzzing marsh song, and the nighttime frog chorus has become deafening, like those rocky Atlantic cliffs shown on British nature…

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Accepting the things we cannot change

I enjoy blogs like Words Are My Game, where Liana M. Silva chronicles her writing life: the struggles to fit writing in amongst family issues, or the difficulties in finding direction with a new book she’s working on. Her blog is the story of process, of a work in progress, and does away with the…

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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…