SS #25 McLachlan et al. Impacts of tidal-channel connectivity on transport asymmetry and sediment exchange with mangrove forests

Salutation: This manuscript eloquently brought new students in my lab up to speed on the nature of some of the problems we are studying elsewhere. I found the data presentation to be clear and intuitive, and have attempted versions of similar figures in my ongoing work.

What was awesome? There were excellent figures and documentation! It was helpful!

From Rip Hale, Old Dominion U.

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SS #24 Downstream changes in river avulsion style are related to channel morphology

Salutation: Great work giving me insight into spatial variations in channel avulsion style as related to morphology. Potentially helpful for better understanding avulsion record and future hazard.

What was awesome? I was surprising!

From: Anonymous

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SS #23 Global Grids of Ice Sheet Thickness and Paleotopography for 21,000 – present day, by W.R. Peltier

Salutation: Even though the ICE-5G model was published in 2004, I only found the data in Feb 2020 when searching for the ice mask generated by the ice sheet model for the LGM, which was instrumental in the development of the TraCE-21Ka global paleo-climate model. Both models produced data sets that have allowed me to make progress in my erosion modeling work. I am thankful for the data, the models, and that there is a repository with information on the data files and the model versions as they develop.

What was awesome? It was helpful! It is ground-breaking!

From: Risa Madoff

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SS #22 Viles (2020) Biogeomorphology: Past, present and future

Salutation: I come from the field of quantitative geomorphology and this paper opened up a new way to look at surface processes.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169555X19302752

What was awesome? It was helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

From: Michal Ben-Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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SS #21 Barra (2020) Good Sediment: Race and Resoration in Coastal Louisiana

Salutation: As a coastal sedimentologist, I have long felt that I am part of an effort to restore deltas through large scale delta engineering that is intrinsically good. This paper shows that for powerless groups on the Mississippi Delta, coastal engineering has meant continual disruption. It’s forced me to think carefully about who benefits from my work. It also led to an introspective group meeting.

What was awesome? I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

From: John Shaw, University of Arkansas

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SS#20 Judy Yang et al. 2020 4D imaging reveals mechanisms of clay-carbon protection and release

Salutation: The beautiful microscopic experimentation reveals the surprising mechanisms of soil carbon storage and release.

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

https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-54393/v1

From: Hongbo Ma, University of Arkansas

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SS#19 Thran et al. (2018) Controls on the global distribution of contourite drifts

Salutation: I’m a huge fan of studies that provide a global perspective of an Earth-system phenomenon and this one, on the relationship of contourite deposits to results of oceanographic modeling, is a fantastic example. It’s very clearly written and made me immediately want to look at my own data and revisit some vague ideas. Anyone interested in using contourite drifts as paleocirculation records should read this.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0012821X18301067

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

From: Brian Romans, Virginia Tech

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SS #18 Mapping the Fine-Scale Organization and Plasticity of the Brain Vasculature, Kirst et al. 2020

https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30109-4?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0092867420301094%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

Salutation: Long anticipated! Gave me a lot of ideas on questions that need to be asked theoretically.

What was awesome? There were excellent figures and documentation! It was helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a scientific frontier!

From: Eleni Katifori

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SS #17 Can Barrier Islands Survive Sea-Level Rise? Nienhuis and Lorenzo-Trueba (2019)

Salutation: I’ve spent 2020 dissecting Jaap and Jorge’s two BRIE publications from 2019. The model is elegant and foundational to understanding the role of tidal inlets in barrier island evolution and future of developed barrier systems. Forever in awe of this dynamic duo and can’t wait to see what they spit out in 2021. Sending a double high five through the ether!

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2019GL085524

What was awesome? It has excellent figures and documentation! It is helpful! I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a scientific frontier!

From Katherine Anarde kanarde@unc.edu

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SS #16 Rivera (2020) Disaster Colonialism

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-2427.12950

Salutation: The ideas in this paper are huge – the premise is a powerful one. I keep, and will keep, coming back to this work.

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

From: Eli Lazarus E.D.Lazarus@soton.ac.uk

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