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Interesting implications for possible life outside this planet.
 
New Life Found That Lives Off Electricity
Scientists have figured out how microbes can suck energy from rocks. Such life-forms might be more widespread than anyone anticipated.
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Watched the sun set over Calgary today. AAPG tomorrow!
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A week of TAing field camp for Colorado State University in New Mexico! Water chemistry and geology in a beautiful area. 
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This is a really well done mashup of many classical songs! He even manages to fit a little John Williams in there. Plus the little composer heads are mesmerizing to watch :)
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Yeah, the composers heads were the "fun factor" to me... I laughed at that detail more that I should :P

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But is it hydroxyapatite? :)
 
'Biting' plants discovered with teeth like ours! : TreeHugger

'For the first time, researchers have found calcium phosphate in the structure of plants – in this case, used to harden the needle-like hairs used to defend against predators.

Revenge of the plants? It’s hard for the mind not to wander into B-movie territory when considering what researchers from Bonn University recently discovered: The first plants found to have calcium phosphate as a structural biomineral.'

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/biting-plants-discovered-teeth-ours.html
For the first time, researchers have found calcium phosphate in the structure of plants – in this case, used to harden the needle-like hairs used to defend against predators.
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This is a story we give our petrology students in their first lab. Some of them eventually take it to heart :)
 
When Richard Feynman, the brilliant physicist, was working on a new theory of beta decay, he noticed something surprising. For years, experts had been saying that beta decay occurred in a particular way, but when Feynman actually ran the experiments, he kept getting a different result.

Eventually, Feynman investigated the original data that all of the experts were basing their theory on and discovered that the study was flawed. For years, nobody had bothered to read or repeat the original study! All of the experts just kept quoting one another and used their mutual opinions as justification for the theory. Then Feynman came along and turned everything upside simply because he did the calculations himself.
The art of comparing objects is a remarkably useful strategy in many areas of life. Learning through observation is what allows you to do that.
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Appropriate for day 4/5 at a conference. :)
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Ooh nifty! Evidence it's not all Hawaiian-style volcanism on Mars.
 
Mars Curiosity Rover Found Signs of 'Explosive' Volcanoes on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from the rock on Mars on July 30, 2015. The diameter is slightly smaller than a dime. A large team of researchers from across the U.S. studying data sent back from Mars by the Curiosity rov...
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Although I have been to Kawaii, I really want to get to the big island!
 
Note to my Geology 190 Students: this IS NOT a picture from my current visit. Lava is NOT flowing this way right now. I offer NO GUARANTEES that anything we see on our trip in two weeks will be anything like this. The reasons...
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Hard to believe my first day of field camp was two years ago!
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It's been almost 48 years since I took a ride in this thing. #Apollo11 #NoDreamIsTooHigh

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Education
  • Colorado State University
    Geology Masters, 2014 - present
  • Colorado Mesa University
    Geology/Chemistry, 2010 - 2014
  • Colorado State University
    Anthropology, 1999 - 2001
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Geology Nerd.
Introduction
I am into everything science, which I why I chose to study Geology. I get to utilize physics, biology and chemistry  in one great package...oh, and still get outside.

Outside of school I love cooking, gardening, Legos, confusing my cats, and all things geeky.

Bragging rights
I can run two mass spectrometers at once. Like a boss.
Work
Occupation
A full-time student, a part-time GTA and part time researcher.
Skills
So many.
Employment
  • Colorado State University
    GTA, 2014 - present
  • Colorado Mesa University
    Tutor/TA, 2011 - 2014
  • Colorado Mesa Univeristy-Geology Department
    Research Assistant, 2012 - 2014
  • Rocky Mountain Bagel Works
    Manager, 2005 - 2011
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