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Chuck Magee
Works at Australian Scientific Instruments
Attended Brown University
Lived in Canberra ACT
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Geosonnet 29
The scent from Madagascar’s fine perfume Enhances ice cream, fragrances the bath Beyond this orchid spice a shadow looms: A mass extinction’s lethal aftermath. When sulfur, carbon oxidize in air A surplus of ionic hydrogen In rain burns plants, and leaches ...
I'm a geochemist. In the past ten years I've fixed mass spectrometers, blasted sapphires with a laser beam, explored for uranium in a nature reserve, and measured growth patterns in fish ears, and helped design the next generation of the world's most advanced ion probe.
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Geosonet 28
The Mesozoic ended with a splat But what about a vastly older time? Archean life was breathing algal mat Did asteroids destroy them in their prime? The spherule layer in the Kuruman Contains iridium, enriched by mass. Though seared in orogenic frying pan St...
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Carnival of Space #403
Back in the days before Tumblr and facebook and twitter, people wrote blogs, read other blogs, and collate series of posts about common themes into link compilations called "Carnivals."  These days, most carnivals have dies out, due to the death of independ...
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The expat Chestnut
The story of the American Chestnut is a real-life ecological morality play, that I have been familiar with ever since I was young enough to recognize the red moldering logs for what they were.  Whole books have been written about the destruction of Chestnut...
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Geosonnet 27
Selenium is sulfur’s sober mate, Not lost to vapor bubbles of the mind In rock or water, should one saturate They stay together, besties of a kind. Se cannot be photosynthesized To form selenate in anoxic seas From fractionation, we hypothesize an oxic whif...
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Adventures in Open Access publishing
 There is not a lot of diversity in the journals geochemists,
geochronologists and hard-rock petrologists traditionally publish in.  Precambrian Research, Geochimica, Chemical
Geology, Gondwana Research, and EPSL are all run by Elsevier, while the Journal
o...
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Prime Minister's Business Advisory Chair loses his marbles.
On Friday, Maurice Newman, the chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, wrote a frothing opinion article in The Australian newspaper (paywalled). It reads more like a Evangelical Christian teenager’s blog than an op-ed by an adult with a jo...
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Anonymity in peer review
As anyone who follows science-related social media knows by
now, a PLOS journal recently rejected a paper by Dr. Fiona Ingleby , based partly on
a reviewer who stated that the paper needed a male co-author.   This is appalling, and the response so far is
th...
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Star Wars teaser far too tame
 The second biggest thing to hit the internet yesterday was
the new Star Wars teaser . Like many, I clicked the link with interest.  But as a planetary scientist, I was
disappointed from the first scene  ( via io9 ). This is a wrecked star destroyer, half b...
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Book review: The Wife Drought
The Wife Drought, by Anabelle Crabb, describes the
structural challenges women face in demanding careers due to the fact that male
human workers with families are much more likely to get their partner to cover
more of the familial duties than females are.  ...
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Taking a PhD into the real world
Here in Canberra ,
the “ Science meets Parliament ” event is running.  I am not attending- the luminaries and power
players can do their thing, but out on the wrong side of the tracks, our
factory needs to keep putting lasers on sharks for the good of the e...
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A fibrous rock which lodges in the lung, Inhaling wisps of amphibole can kill. While chrysotile's damp mantle story's sung Asbestos brown and blue confuse us still. Sheared plutons from the Miocene contain Some common hornblende altered to cause death, What...
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Work
Occupation
Geochemist
Employment
  • Australian Scientific Instruments
    Geochemist, 2009 - present
  • Geoscience Australia
    Geochronologist, 2009 - 2009
  • Uramet Minerals
    Exploration geologist, 2007 - 2008
  • Australian National University
    Laboratory Technician, 2003 - 2007
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002 - 2002
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Previously
Canberra ACT - Sydney NSW - West Windsor NJ - Mountain View CA - Providence RI - Arlington VA
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Introduction
I operate and setup SHRIMP mass spectrometers for the company that builds them.
Education
  • Brown University
    Geology, 1991 - 1995
  • Australian National University
    Geology, 1997 - 2001
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Male