Combining Bison Conservation and Geoscience at the National Park Service

By Allison Mitchell, Wildlife Conservation Biology Assistant, Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Participant After I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, I focused all my efforts on finding a job related to wildlife conservation. Never had I thought that the National Park Service (NPS) Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program would lead me to a wildlife position. I often… Read More Combining Bison Conservation and Geoscience at the National Park Service

When Did Plate Tectonics Begin on Earth?

UPDATE 26 April 2016: On Friday 22 April during the European Geosciences Union 2016 General Assembly in Vienna, a Great Debate was held.  The question “Plate tectonics started in the Paleo-Archean or Earlier?” was debated. Please take a look and enjoy! by Bob Stern (University of Texas at Dallas) Busy person’s summary:  This is a long blog (~5000… Read More When Did Plate Tectonics Begin on Earth?

Geoscience and Marine Biology Working Together in the National Parks

By Nicole E. Brandt, Geoscientist-in-the-Parks Program Participant, National Park Service  “Geoscience addresses critical issues such as energy, meteorology, water and mineral resources, stewardship of the environment, oceanography, planetary science and more!” – science.nasa.gov I had never really considered myself a student of geoscience. For some reason, that word stirred in me the more conventional images of a… Read More Geoscience and Marine Biology Working Together in the National Parks

Fracking has been banned. What’s next for New York’s energy system?

New York is protecting its air and water by banning fracking. This continues our tradition of having other states and countries bear the environmental costs of our energy use. Whether or not this is ultimately good or bad for the environment writ large very much remains to be seen. I hope that it is. The… Read More Fracking has been banned. What’s next for New York’s energy system?