SS #36 Ayoub et al. (2014) Threshold for sand mobility on Mars calibrated from seasonal variations of sand flux

https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms6096.pdf?origin=ppub

Salutation: This is the first paper I read combining aeolian and planetary geology.

What was awesome? It was helpful!

From: Kashauna Mason, Texas A&M

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SS #35 Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences

Salutation: Spurred anti-racism action across the geoscience community

What was awesome? It was helpful! It was surprising! It made a key connection for me! It was a plan of action for my program and society!

From: anonymous

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SS #34 Leah Travis Taylor (2019) New evidence for complex mosasaur paleobiology: oxygen isotopes in enamel reveal habitat variation of clidastes from the Mooreville Chalk, Alabama

https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6547

Salutation: This is a really cool application of stable isotopes to paleontology. It also demonstrates for the first time that mosasaurs were partially freshwater inhabitants!

What was awesome? It was helpful! It was surprising!

From: anonymous

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SS #33 Richey et al. (2020) Influence of temporally varying weatherability on CO2-climate coupling and ecosystem change in the late Paleozoic

Salutation: As the year comes to a close, I’m finally able to review some papers that have interested me. This is the work of the newly minted Dr. Richey and I find it a fascinating combination of paleo, geochemical, and modeling.

What was awesome? Excellent figures and documentation! It was helpful!

From: Anonymous!

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SS #31 Núñez et al. 2020 Applying an intersectionality lens to expand equity in the geosciences

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10899995.2019.1675131

Salutation: This work really helped me to think about how I teach my field courses. It helped me understand the many layers of challenges students face as well as how I can potentially address them.

What was awesome? It was helpful!

From anonymous.

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SS #30 Chaudhary and Berhe (2020) Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab

https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008210

Salutation: A powerful blueprint for anti racist work in research and academic labs

What was awesome? It was helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It made a key connection for me! It is a great guide for labs and teams!

From Hendratta Ali @HendrattaAli

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SS #29 Christopher Jackson et al. (2018) Subsurface expression of a salt weld, Gulf of Mexico

https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/pg/article-lookup?doi=10.1144/petgeo2018-008

Salutation: This work has been impactful this year and the last one further recognizing prospect potential in the US Gulf of Mexico and influencing regional understanding.

What was awesome? It had excellent figures and documentation! It was helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It made a key connection for me!

From Tim Shin @Gneiss_tim

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SS #28 Pardee Symposium: The Next Generation of Geoscience Leaders: Strategies For Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, convened by Dr. Raquel Bryant and Dr. Benjamin Keisling

https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/program/technical/pardee

Salutation: This symposium was inspiring and up lifting. As a POC in the geosciences, it’s easy to feel excluded from the discipline. This Symposium/Workshop not only provided me with the tools to develop my own DEI initiatives at my institution, but also left me feeling inspired and hopeful about the future of geosciences and their leaders.

What was awesome? It was helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a scientific frontier!

From Jessica McKay, Texas A&M

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SS #27 Sediment availability provokes a shift from Brownian to Lévy‐like clonal expansion in a dune building grass, by Valérie C. Reijers et al.

Salutation: The paper title says it all — it’s so cool that lateral expansion of coastal dune plants is so tightly coupled to deposition.

What was awesome? It was surprising! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a scientific frontier! It made a key connection for me!

From Evan Goldstein, UNC Greensboro

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SS #26 Ronneberger et al. (2015) U-Net: Convolutional Networks for Biomedical Image Segmentation

Salutation: This paper presented the U-Net convolutional network technique, which was the foundation for my project’s major accomplishments this year, even though it was published in 2015 and is in a separate field (yay for applying techniques developed in the biomedical field to geology!). The U-Net convolutional network approach has proven extremely useful for training algorithms to detect a number of different geological features (e.g., geobodies, faults, horizons) from imagery (e.g., seismic).

What was awesome? It was helpful! It’s a scientific frontier! It’s a key technological development!

From: anonymous.

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