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Jacquelyn Gill
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Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Bangor, ME
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Want to grow an ice sheet? Read my handy new post on orbital-scale climate change.
This is the second of a multi-part series on climate change at different timescales. The first part dealt with drivers on tectonic scales -- millions of years. This part deals with the primary driv...
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My department at the University of Maine is hiring a 2-year teaching and research postdoc in Biology Education. Please help us advertise this position!
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The Contemplative Mammoth is back, with a new look and a new post!  What are your favorite "just-so" stories in science? 
Sloth-moth symbiosis. Dinosaur-devestating asteroid impacts. Girl's preference for pink. Are these fact, or fiction? It turns out that often what we think we know about the world is more based on s...
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I like this meme. I've never thought about it, but my favorite "just so" story is of the green sea turtles, which make a yearly 2,000 km migration from the coast of Brazil to Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic. 40 million years ago, this migration was just across a small sea, but as continental drift pushed the points apart, the migration became epic.

Unfortunately, this beautiful hypothesis has been falsified by some ugly facts, but it's a neat one anyway:

http://www.seaturtle.org/PDF/Ocr/LewinR_1989_Science.pdf
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I remember when this was being Kickstarted! I'm so excited to see it now. Awesome, awesome, awesome video with a great message. I can't wait to buy these for all the girls I know.
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"I love doing science and I’m good at it. But my illness takes away about 3 days every week, and I get less done than many of my peers because of it. I don’t know if my illness will improve, and I worry that  I won’t be able to compete for a job."
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Broad language and placement on syllabus - any other suggestions?
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Horses are native to North America. It's time we stopped thinking of wild horses as invasive pests, and started celebrating them as a successful reintroduction. 
The horse has a complex and fascinating environmental history. Wild horses have become such an icon of the American west that it's easy to forget that humans introduced them to the continent five h...
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Kew Gardens are an invaluable resource with a long legacy of scientific and cultural importance. I really hope these cuts can be avoided!
 
Yikes! Kew Gardens staff and science at risk.
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I teared up reading this moving, remarkable tribute to limnologist Dr. Ruth Patrick. Growing up in the 1910's, she received her first microscope at age 7, a gift from her father who later urged her husband to allow Ruth to keep her last name. She discovered the significance of diatoms in environmental research, and was the first to show that Great Salt Lake wasn't always saline. 

As one of the few women working at the National Academy of Sciences during the Depression, Dr. Patrick wasn't paid for seven years. Her pioneering work on water pollution would later inspire the Clean Water Act, and Bill Clinton later awarded her the National Medal of Science, our country's highest scientific honor.
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"How confident are we that these dung fungal spores are recording what we think they are? What if they’re actually influenced by massive population cycles of ground hogs, or deer? The extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna was more than twelve thousand years ago, so this is not a trivial question. To test the effectiveness of the Sporormiella proxy, I went to Konza Prairie, which is home to one of the last surviving native megaherbivores in the Americas: bison."
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For today's post, we share a guest post by fellow tenure-track professor "Grace," on her recent miscarriage, which was originally posted last week on Context and Variation (another blog we admire). Grace wanted to share her thoughts, because reading the stories of others comforted and guided her as she experienced her own miscarriage. Please feel free to leave supportive comments for Grace, or share your story or questions for others.
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Assistant Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology
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Palynology, R programming, lake sediment coring, dynamic vegetation modeling, niche modeling.
Employment
  • University of Maine
    Assistant Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology, 2013 - present
  • Brown University
    Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Wisconsin
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2005 - 2012
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Bangor, ME
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Providence, RI - Kittery, ME - LaMadalena, Italy - Nashville, TN - Bradford, VT - Montpelier, VT - Plainfield, VT - Charlotte, NC - Gosnell, AR - Pueblo, CO - Virginia Beach, VA - Exeter, NH - Wells, ME - Madison, WI - Bar Harbor, ME
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Like Indiana Jones, but female. And with more mammoths.
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I'm a new assistant professor at the University of Maine, affiliated with the School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute. I research the climate change, ecology and biogeography of the last 2.5 million years, to help inform the conservation the concerns of the next century. I care passionately about STEM diversity, interdisciplinary research, and public science literacy. I'm a geeky feminist who loves cooking, games and crafting at home, exploring the outdoors and abroad, and reading everywhere.
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Geography, 2005 - 2012
  • College of the Atlantic
    Human Ecology, 2003 - 2005
  • Goddard College
    Liberal Arts, 2000 - 2002
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