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Watch out for Ticks!
April 20, 2014 |

Spring and early summer are some of the most active times for ticks. Learn how to recognize ticks, how to avoid tick bites and how to remove a tick from your skin.

Tools for Geologists
April 20, 2014 | Store

The store has a large selection of rock hammers, crack hammers, rock chisels, goggles, hand lenses, rock bags, leather cases, field books, wall maps, specimen kits and more.

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Bear Attack!
April 15, 2014 |

If you spend time in bear country knowing how to react to a bear encounter and what to do if you are attacked could save your life.

If you don’t know where bears live here is a map of the geographic ranges for black, grizzly and polar bears in North America.

Carrying Equipment in the Field
April 1, 2014 | Store

Do you have an efficient and convenient way to carry your tools, maps and instruments in the field? We have a nice selection of rock bags, field brief cases, tool carriers, waist packs, pouches, belt packs and lanyards that will help you stay organized in the field.

The Three-Year College Degree?
March 16, 2014 | Doane College

“Doane College will begin offering a new three-year degree program that will save eligible undergraduates money on the cost of their degree and give them an extra year of earning power. Degree programs have not been modified or reduced in any way. Instead, [...] students will take classes in fall, spring and summer.” Quoted from the Doane College press release.

Perhaps some geology programs with summer field courses will consider the three year schedule?

Scientific Glassblowing at Shell
March 16, 2014 | Shell

“Hans de Marie is one of three scientific glassblowers at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Their job is to make complex and often one-of-a-kind instruments in glass with millimetre precision.” Quoted from the Shell article.

Taking Notes in the Field
March 4, 2014 | Store

The store has a selection of field books, notebooks, waterproof pens and waterproof paper for taking notes in the field.

Budget Shortfall at Geoscience Australia
February 25, 2014 |

Geoscience Austraila is forced to make significant staff cuts after anticipated revenue declines and budget shortfalls are calculated.

Female Enrollment in the Geosciences
February 20, 2014 | American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute has a new issue of Geoscience Currents that presents summary statistics on the enrollment of students by gender in undergraduate and graduate geoscience programs in the United States.

Geoscience Enrollments for 2013
February 13, 2014 | American Geosciences Institute

Enrollments in college and graduate school geoscience programs remained strong during the 2012-2013 academic year, with a minor decline of about 3%.

Scientists Reading Fewer Papers These Days
February 11, 2014 |

The average scientist is reading fewer research papers these days according to a study summarized on Although digital consumption surpassed print consumption, the total number of papers read declined.

Image by Charles Lyell.
On the Shoulders of Geoscience Giants
February 2, 2014 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

Vince Matthews has a short article on the Speaking of Geoscience Blog titled: On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective. It looks back at the work of S.F. Emmons, Frank Taylor, Margaret Fuller Boos, and N.L. Bowen.

Tax Credits for Ohio STEM Graduates?
January 30, 2014 |

“Earning a college degree in science, technology, engineering, or math could net Ohioans a state income tax credit of up to $30,000.” Quoted from

Apply Now: Congressional Geoscience Fellowship
January 26, 2014 | American Geoscience Institute

“AGI is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 2014) in Washington D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee. Minimum requirements are a Master’s degree with at least three years of post-degree work experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applications are due February 1, 2014.”

The Loss of Scientific Data
January 21, 2014 | University of British Columbia

“Eighty per cent of scientific data are lost within two decades [...] the current system of leaving data with authors means that almost all of it is lost over time.” Quoted from the University of British Columbia media release.

Geology Program Eliminated at ECSU
January 14, 2014 | NewsObserver.comm

The Board of Governors of Elizabeth City State University voted to discontinue the four year degree program in geology.

Semester in the Wild
January 7, 2014 | University of Idaho

“We strongly recommend that students do some physical training—hiking, biking, running—over the summer to get their bodies ready for this… [...] … we will be hiking through altitude changes, through streams and across rough terrain. You may wish to do a few practice outings to discover how you like to arrange your backpack, what types of freeze-dried food to consider, and learn the intricacies of your tent and sleeping gear.” Quoted from the course website.

Most Popular Items for December
January 2, 2014 |

The Saturn Hexagon?

The Utah Supervolcano

What is Ammolite?

Landslide on an Incredible Scale

Failure of the Midcontinent Rift

Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault

Price of Gold Falling

Size of the Yellowstone Magma Chamber Severely Underestimated?

Salaries and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates

The Largest Recorded Fault Slip

How Do They Steer the Horizontal Drill?

The Importance of Sketching Rocks in the Field
December 26, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

There is an excellent essay on sketching rocks in the field on the Speaking of Geoscience Blog by Haakon Fossen, a structural geology professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Salaries and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates
December 10, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute has published a fact sheet that summarizes the salaries and employment locations of recent geoscience graduates in the United States.

Field Camp Attendance is up 92 Percent Since 2006
December 9, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

The number of students attending geology field camps in the United States has increased 92% since 2006. Most of the field camps are held in the western United States.

Summer Interns at Shell
December 4, 2013 | Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell had over 250 internships in various career tracks across the United States during the summer of 2013. Each spring they post information about internship opportunities on their Jobs and Careers website. Related links: Shell Internship Conference and Deer Park Internship Program.

Image by Sir Charles Lyell
What is It Like to Work for GeoCorps?
November 25, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

The GSA Speaking of Geoscience blog has an interesting report from Amy Atwater who served as a GeoCorps Paleontology participant at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Tectonics as Purpose in Geological Field Camps
November 25, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

Peter DeCelles wrote an interesting article on the Speaking of Geoscience Blog titled: Tectonics as Purpose in Geological Field Camps: The Necessity of Hitting the Road, and Implications for Geological Field Stations.

Releated: List of Geology Field Camps

Attracting Women to STEM Degrees
November 7, 2013 | USA Today

USA Today has an article that describes what some universities are doing to attract women who plan to major in STEM fields and how they are working to interest other women in STEM programs.

Most Viewed News in October
November 1, 2013 |

Egypt Fears a Dam on the Nile in Ethiopia

235 Carat Diamond Found in Siberia

Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates

Nice Yellow Diamond Found in Arkansas

What Caused the Sudden Explosion of Animal Life 520MYA?

Walking Away from One of the World’s Largest Gold Discoveries?

Shell Walks Away from Oil Shale

Granitizers vs Magmatists

The Status of U.S. Secondary Earth Science Education
October 19, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

“The Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding at the American Geosciences Institute has released a landmark report on the status of Earth Science education in U.S. middle and high schools, describing in detail significant gaps between identified priorities and lagging practice.” Quoted from the AGI press release.

Internship Experiences of Geoscience Grads
October 17, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

Last spring, the American Geosciences Institute surveyed recent geoscience graduates to learn about their internship experience.

When Do Students Decide on a Major in the Geosciences?
October 8, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

The new edition of Geoscience Currents by the American Geosciences Institute looks at the “decision points for majoring in the geosciences” of recent graduatese. Fewer than 25% decided on a geoscience major before entering college.

Earth Science Week Webcast
October 3, 2013 | Earth Science Week

The American Geosciences Institute has a webcast titled: Introduction to Earth Science Week 2013.

Math and Science Training of Recent Geoscience Graduates
October 2, 2013 | American Geoscience Institute

The new Geoscience Currents published by The American Geosciences Institute presents the quantitative skills and core science courses of recent geoscience graduates.

Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates
October 1, 2013 | American Geosciences Instutute

AGI has published…. “An overview analysis of the demographics, activities, experiences, and future plans of recent geoscience graduates with their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.”

Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers
August 27, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“According to a recently published report by the National Science Foundation, science and engineering employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states. Further, several major metropolitan areas within these states account for the highest S&E employment.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.

Earth Science Week International Photo Contest
August 25, 2013 | Earth Science Week

“The American Geosciences Institute is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time.” Quoted from the AGI press release.

Cases of Lyme Disease 10x Greater than Reported
August 23, 2013 | Center for Disease Control

Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to CDC, making it the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. The new estimate suggests that the total number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is roughly 10 times higher than the yearly reported number.

Related: What is Lyme Disease?

Highest Turnover Rate Companies
August 1, 2013 | Slate

Slate has a report listing the 20 large United States companies with the highest turnover rates. Many of them are tech companies (that surprisingly includes Google at #3. A few oil and gas companies are on the list.

Field Camp – Past and Present
July 24, 2013 | Earth Magazine

EarthMagazine has an article titled: “Mapping field camp’s past and present: Exploring a mainstay of geoscience education“.

Related: Comprehensive List of Field Camps

Earth Science Week Newsletter for July 2013
July 22, 2013 | Earth Science Week

Topics in this month’s newsletter include:

– Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18
– “Visiting Geoscientists” Make Impact on Students
– Switch Energy Project DVD in 2013 Toolkit
– EarthScope Speaker Series Explores Quakes, Eruptions
– PDF Guide Ensures “No Child Left Inside”
– More Geoscience Resources in Spanish and English
– New Report Highlights Remote Sensing Imagery

Geologic Map Contest for Students
July 21, 2013 | Geological Society of America

“The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.”
Quote from the contest announcement on the Geological Society of America website.

Most Popular: July 1 to July 15
July 17, 2013 |


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Sky Islands

Yosemite Falls

Oil Industry Job Profiles
July 7, 2013 |

The website has an article titled: “Oil industry demands most grueling work weeks — but offers top pay”. It profiles the work and wages of roustabouts, drillers, service unit operators, fuel tank drivers, petroleum plant operators and other occupations outside of the oil industry.

Geoscience Students Flow from Community Colleges to University Programs
July 3, 2013 | American Geoscience Institute

“In 2012, 69% of the 7,445 geoscience majors at 26 Texas public universities had transferred from one of 67 Texas community colleges. [...] Understanding the flow of students from community colleges to four-year institutions allows faculty to develop closer cross-institutional ties that can foster a stronger pipeline between community college and university programs. ” Quoted from the AGI Geoscience Currents.

How Many References for a Geoscience Journal Article?
June 19, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

An article on the GSA Speaking of Geoscience Blog reports that the size of the reference section in published papers has been growing at a very rapid rate since the 1950s.

Quest For Oil
June 18, 2013 | Maersk

Energy companies are currently challenged to find enough skilled workers to fill open positions. Maersk has developed a digital game – “Quest for Oil” – to stimulate interest in energy careers.

Earth Science Week Contests
June 11, 2013 | EarthScience

Earth Science week for 2013 will be held on October 13-19 and the theme will be “Mapping Our World”. They are having three contests…

1) Photography, “Mapping My Community”, for US residents and AGI Affiliates.

2) Visual Arts, “Making Maps Through the Ages”, for US students in grades K-5.

3) Essay Contest, “How Geoscientists Use Maps”, for US students in grades 6-9.

From the Earth Science Week Newsletter.

New Roadside Geology of Georgia
May 30, 2013 | Store

Pamela Gore and William Witherspoon have recently published “Roadside Geology of Georgia“, a new guidebook in the Mountain Press Roadside Geology Series.

This is a field guidebook for the state of Georgia with road logs and maps that describe the physical and historical geology.

Keeping Hantavirus Out of Yosemite Cabins
May 28, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

Yosemite National Park is spending millions of dollars to make their camping areas safe from hantavirus.

“Keeping a bear out is easy — your enclosure just has to be strong,” Gallagher said. “With a mouse, you really have to pay attention to detail.”

GeoCorps Internships and Short-Term Positions
May 2, 2013 | Geological Society of America

GeoCorps America is a program offering paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.

Just a few of the Fall/Winter Positions….

Curator Intern – Dinosaur National Monument
GIS Technician – Delaware Water Gap
Hydrological Technician – Redwoods National Park
Physical Science Technician – Grand Canyon National Park
Guest Scientist – Yosemite National Park

New Criteria for NSF Grant Proposals?
May 2, 2013 | has an article about proposed legislation that would assure that NSF funds are being spent on “high quality research”.

Employment and Education Plans of Geoscience Graduates
May 1, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute has a new issue of Geoscience Currents that presents the employment and education plans of geoscience graduates.

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