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  1. CO – NASA/NOAA JPSS-1 social

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    June 25, 2017 by Dr. G

    It’s my second social media social in a month! Last month, I attended the R/V Neil Armstrong social during Fleet …
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  2. CO, CA – GSA, AGU and surgery for 2016

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    May 29, 2017 by Dr. G

    I realize the last blog post I completed on Journeys of Dr. G was from my summer trip to Alaska …
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  3. CO – GSA125, Conference Wrap-Up

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    November 1, 2013 by Dr. G

    Airport shuttle full of sleeping geologists. Conferences are exhausting. #GSA125 — Becky Oskin (@beckyoskin) October 30, 2013 Technical sessions are …
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  4. CO – GSA125, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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    November 1, 2013 by Dr. G

    Every year, the GSA conference offers fieldtrips for exploration and professional development before and after the conference.  As I am …
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  5. CO – GSA125, Wednesday

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    October 30, 2013 by Dr. G

    i’m just an experimental volcanologist masquerading as a mineral physicist for the afternoon. #gsa125 — Geneviève Robert (@geevesparmesan) October 28, …
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  6. CO – GSA125, Tuesday

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    October 30, 2013 by Dr. G

    Things You Hear At #GSA125 – “I’m a spillover guy” — Alexandra Witze (@alexwitze) October 29, 2013 More Things You …
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  7. CO – GSA125, Monday

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    October 28, 2013 by Dr. G

    As you deicide what to see and do at GSA, remember, ““Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― …
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But I have to share one more post from the #OSM20 fieldtrip to @birchaquarium and @scripps_ocean. And I don't know why this didn't click with me before I went on the trip, but Scripps Institution of Oceanography was the home of Charles Keeling (you know... the "Keeling Curve" guy). He was mentioned briefly during our time on campus, but I wanted more! So I ran over to his building to snap some photos, including photos in front of the historic markers. After visiting the Mauna Loa Laboratory back in 2014 (throwback photo included), it was great to come complete circle on the journey of CO2 measurements! #historicmarker #ACSmarker #Keeling
The last stop on the #OSM20 @scripps_ocean tour was the marine vertebrate collection. This collection focuses on fish-only, as the whale bones were given to NOAA once the Marine Mammal Protection Act went into effect. The collection was founded in 1944 and focuses mostly on eastern Pacific marine fish. We learned many cool, random fish facts! For example, this collection has over 2 million individual fish specimens that represents more than 6,000 fish species. Yet there have been 35,000 fish species identified in the world, with 500 new fish species identified each year. We saw the deepest fish ever caught - a type of snail fish from the Mariana Trench (~7,966 m deep). We also saw lots of fish in jars - a whale shark, goblin shark, viper fish, angler fish, and blob fish!
Next stop at #OSM20 @scripps_ocean was the Hubbs Research Aquarium - which is true to its name, as it clearly resembles a research laboratory! So many cool experiments are being done here by Scripps faculty. The work on the white sea bass was interesting, looking at the otoliths (inner ear bone) and what impact changing ocean pH will have on them for equilibrium and their growth? As this fish is used alot in the aquaculture industry, this work has great releavance. The sea urchin work on the white, purple (no photo), and red varieties was also fascinating. For example, how do human chemicals that wash into the ocean impact the growth and defense mechanisms of these sea creatures? In some cases, the reaction can be seen under a microscope. And the albino shark was just really cool to see...
Being a part of the #OSM20 fieldtrip allowed us special access to the @scripps_ocean Scripps Pier. This 1,000 foot-long pier increases six feet in height as you walk out from the shore, so water can filtered and be pumped back to the laboratories in the black seawater flume that runs along its length. The pier is designed to lower their smaller research vessels and divers, but it also takes important water measurements (looking down the opening where literally a bucket is lowered to collect a sample) and air measurements through weather stations and the pink pole at the end of the pier. These temperature measurements are critical for climate change mapping. What a view of sandstone faces, surfers, and oh yes - we saw dolphins, too!
Next stop on the #OSM20 fieldtrip was to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We had a box lunch (with a box of water!) and a fascinating summary of the history of Scripps presented by Kirk Gardner. We heard about Revelle, Keeling, and more! @scripps_ocean