Happy New Year 2014!

2013 was a pretty crazy year.  After a five year hiatus from fieldwork, I even went on two paleomag sample collection field trips:  one to the Slate Islands for my Berkeley postdoc, and one to Ladakh, India to collect samples for a Himalayan tectonics project at MIT that I’ll be supervising remotely.  Somehow during all of this I was also able to complete and defend my Ph.D. thesis…even though it did require a lot of topping up my solar charger when it was sunny and typing huddled inside my tent while it rained!  With a caribou grunting outside.

2014 promises to bring many more adventures, including moving to Berkeley, hitting up several conferences, and making a return trip to the tropical paradise that is the Slate Islands.  Strangely enough, I’m pretty close to the Slates right now!  Indeed, I am ringing in this new year from the banks of Lake Superior in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  It’s a pretty festive night…I’m rocking out to some Lindsey Stirling techno violin music while editing a manuscript.  It’s really cold outside.  Lots and lots of snow:


Wishing everyone an awesome New Year!


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