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Writing a research vision statement in a pandemic

Writing a research vision statement in a pandemic

Tom Gleeson, University of Victoria with lots of input from the GSAS research collective We’ve all done weird, new things in the pandemic. We have tried Zoom parlour games and a few of us have done the pandemic tropes of giving bread baking or even giving a new fitness regime a try. Strangely, the very last thing that we did together in person as a research group before the first pandemic lockdown ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Three quotes from famous female scientists for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Three quotes from famous female scientists for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

To commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science our GfGD blogger from Chile, Olivia Mejías, hopes to inspire you with the words of three famous female scientists.  [Editor’s note: This post reflects Olivia’s personal opinions. These opinions may not reflect official policy positions of Geology for Global Development.] There are 774 million illiterate adults worldwide; according ...[Read More]

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Elevating diverse voices and groundwater research from around the world with Water Underground Talks

Elevating diverse voices and groundwater research from around the world with Water Underground Talks

By Tom Gleeson and Viviana Re It has been a challenging year of a pandemic, economic collapse and an ever-increasing awareness of racism, all set against a backdrop of other global challenges including climate change and food security. We believe it is important to link groundwater with these challenges and to stay positive using our science and work as scientists to contribute to a better future. ...[Read More]

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A buffet of new resources for teaching hydrology and water resources!

A buffet of new resources for teaching hydrology and water resources!

By Tom Gleeson (aka Dr. H2O) The content of this post will be presented as an invited eLightning presentation at AGU 2020 in the session “Online Hydrology Education: Lessons Learned from Designed and Impromptu Remote Instruction”. When: Tuesday, 8 December 2020: 07:00 – 08:00 PST What I teach and basic resources I teach Sustainable Water Resources (CIVE 340) at the University of Victoria – a ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Science and Engineering in the Civil Service – by Heather Britton

Governments need scientists, and Heather Britton is telling you what to expect if you decide to join the Civil Service Fast Stream.  For the past year, I have been on the Science and Engineering Fast Stream scheme. As the graduate recruitment season is in full flow, I thought there would be an interest in describing the kinds of roles that I have been exposed to on the Science and Engineering Fast ...[Read More]

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Using Geoscience Skills to Improve Global Health; Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Science. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s Apr-Jul #GfGDpicks #SciComm

Using Geoscience Skills to Improve Global Health; Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Science. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s Apr-Jul #GfGDpicks #SciComm

Jesse Zondervan picks his favourite posts from geoscience and development news which cover the geology for global development interest. Here’s a round-up of Jesse’s favourite selections for the last four months of 2020: In the words of Sarah Derouin at AGU’s Eos “some geoscientists have seen their productivity grind down to plate tectonics speeds while the pandemic rages on”, but some environmenta ...[Read More]

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Introducing Our New Authors – Olivia Mejías

Over the next few weeks, we’d like to introduce you to some new faces on the GfGD blog, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on topics relating to geoscience and sustainable development. We’re delighted to have their input and look forward to their posts. Today we interview Olivia Mejías – a project geologist currently researching critical metals in Chile at the Sustainable Minerals Institu ...[Read More]

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How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

By Carole Dalin The coronavirus outbreak is a global shock that has affected labour supply, productivity and aggregate demand around the world. However, less is known about what impact this shock will have on global water resources.         Disruptions of global food systems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are, at least for now, more linked with the supply chain than with food production or food s ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

As this year’s pandemic spreads through Brazil, our own Bárbara Zambelli notices a positive shift in the natural environment. In this article, she wonders, what if we shift from an ethics of exhaustion, to one of abundance? This, she argues, is what geoethics is about. [Editor’s note: This post reflects Bárbara’s personal opinions. These opinions may not reflect official policy positions of Geolog ...[Read More]

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Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

By Tom Gleeson, Adam Ward, Anne Jefferson, and Skuyler Herzog Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are in the same situation: all of a sudden ‘pivoting’ to online teaching, which is probably better called ‘emergency remote teaching’ since few of us have the background, training, and resources to purposefully develop online courses. Fortunately, this response has also catalyzed the open sharing ...[Read More]