In a year where we were all stuck inside and less able to meet new colleagues abroad at conferences etc., Ana Vila Concejo and Giovanni Coco brought us all together with the Coast2Cast podcast. By interviewing experienced coastal researchers about their work and lives, they gave early-career researchers like myself a chance to “get to know” more people. Filled with good advice, amusing anecdotes, and compelling questions about our field, I still look forward to every new episode…
What was awesome? It brought our community closer together.
Salutation: This is my favorite pandemic era science innovation. A simple accessible format, the flexibility of watching later, one general topic, and a murderers row of excellent talks and presenters. I have learned so much from this series this year.
Why was it awesome: A revolutionary way of sharing science!
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!
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!