SS21 #3 Phillips (2014) Badass Geomorphology

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.3682

Although the notion of geomorphological badassery may seem silly at first, Jonathan Phillips makes a compelling case for its usefulness as a conceptual framework. Reading this paper also led me down a winding rabbit hole of nonlinear dynamics and chaos that made me rethink my understanding of how coastal systems work, and shaped a key part of my PhD thesis this year. But most of all, it was just a joy to read, and a good reminder that we can be serious about our research while having fun at the same time.

Why was it awesome? It was Surprising, I couldn’t stop thinking about it!, It made a key connection for me!

From: Stuart Pearson

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SS21 #1 Chatanantavet and Parker (2008) Experimental study of bedrock channel alluviation under varied sediment supply and hydraulic conditions

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2008JF001044

Salutation: Wonderfully thoughtful mathematical model of bedrock channel erosion that combines abrasion, “macroabrasion,” and plucking.

What was awesome? It is a scienific frontier!

From: Greg Tucker

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SS21 #2 Lü et al. (2021) Direct validation of dune instability theory

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/17/e2024105118

Salutation: This study was such a perfectly elegant and rigorous linkage of mathematical theory, physical mechanism, and field validation.

What was awesome? It was helpful! It was surprising! It made a key connection for me.

From: Kieran Dunne, Caltech

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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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