Tempests, teacups and the future
PepsiBlog is no more ... we'll see if ScienceBlogs survives.
I write the Eruptions blog on Big Think. I've been mesmerized with volcanoes (and geology) all my life. It helps that part of my family comes from the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia, where I could see first hand the deadly effects of volcanic eruptions. Since then, I've taken a bit of a winding path to become a volcanologist. I started as a history major at Williams College, almost went into radio, but ended up migrating to geology, including an undergraduate thesis on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. I followed this up by changing coast to get my Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Then I ran a MC-ICP-MS lab at University of Washington for a spell (and wrote for an indie rock website). I spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California - Davis studying the inner workings of magmatic systems. I am now an assistant professor at Denison University and have projects in New Zealand, Chile and Oregon.
I am fascinated by volcanoes, their eruptions and how those eruptions interact with the people who live around the volcanoes. I started this blog after getting frustrated with the news reports of volcanic eruptions. Most of them get the information wrong and/or are just sensationalistic. I will try to summarize eruptions as they occur, translate some of the volcanic processes that are happening and comment on the reports themselves.
And no matter what people tell you, I definitely do not have a cat named Tephra. (OK, I do).
You can find out more about my research by visiting my website. If you have any comments, questions or information, feel free to contact me at eruptionsblog at gmail dot com.
Thanks for all the words/advice about Pepsigeddon here at SB. If you missed it, the powers that be have officially pulled the plug on the PepsiBlog. However, this crisis (as much as blogging can be a crisis) has reinforced a lot of long-standing problems with the management here at SB, so not to sound like Fox Mulder, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. Now that PepsiBlog is down, I'll return to posting at SB (for the time being at least). However, SB has lost a lot of credibility and very good bloggers as well, so times, they are a'changin'. I strongly believe in keeping a corporate agenda out of journalism - and whether you believe blogging is journalism or just people yammering on out science (at least here) - it is no place to blend advertising and blogging without a very clear distinction. SEED Media might have taken a little too long to deal with this clear breach of journalistic integrity.
That being said, now that I have finally joined Twitter, look at the that feed as a supplement, not a replacement to Eruptions as a blog. Most likely I will use it if something big happens and I want to get the word out quick or just to direct people to the blog (or have any fun comments about the science media in there). Remember, you don't have to join Twitter to follow Eruptions - just bookmark my profile feed (and don't worry, 99% of what is on Twitter will show up on the blog, too.)
I'll have a post up tomorrow about Eruptions summer schedule (prepared before PepsiGate), but rest assured, Eruptions will go on.
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