Gallery of Soil and Blog Posts

Visiting the Eel River CZO

California is home to a myriad of environments, geology, soils, and plants. Being from an environment dominated by asphalt and concrete, I never appreciated the natural beauty of California. By ...

Spotlight for Postdoc appreciation by Cornell’s Postdoctoral Studies Office

Check out an interview I did with Cornell’s Postdoctoral Studies Office for Postdoc appreciation! &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp -Justin

The chronosequence approach

  Change is the only constant; time marches forward whether we want it to or not. Some of us would like time to slow down so we could enjoy our summer weekends for a little while longer. ...

Cornell postdoc hike

  Much like being a graduate student, postdoc life is markedly similar with the grand focus on research as many other aspects of life are but an after-thought. As an instigator of fun and ...

Stanford visit and the Hall of the Soil Kings

            Visiting California is always a great time, particularly now that I don’t have to live there! Much like you forget about the pestering mosquitoes ...

2017 trip to Adirondack high peaks wilderness area

        As the final mounds of snow turn to slush, the casual hiking season begins. To kick off 2017, I traveled to the Adirondack high peaks wilderness area to catch early ...

Visiting the Calhoun CZO!

Just beyond the rolling hills of the piedmont in South Carolina, a few bends past where the community of Union calls home, is a place full of mysteries. A quiet, sleepy forest that if you’d ...

Visiting the Luquillo CZO!

  Reading and researching a location can give you a lot of information about how an ecosystem or landscape works. You learn about the ebb and flows of heat, moisture, animals and flora. But ...

2017 Northeastern GSA – Pittsburgh

Professional society meetings can range from family reunion type gatherings to Disneyland levels of activity and attendance. The scale of attendance has a set positive and negative attributes. ...
Seeing Red

Seeing Red

The color red can mean many things to people: school pride, an alert to stop, or the oxygen-rich blood that sustains us. That is because red is all around us. As a biogeochemist, when I see red, ...

Middle School outreach in Washington D.C.

Teaching through hands on activities is the best way to encourage the future generation of geoscientists. When given the chance, I pounce on opportunities to work directly with students. I had ...

Museum of the Earth – Teacher Resource Day

Demonstrating new ways to teach and illustrate geosciences to future generations of geoscientists is important. The Museum of the Earth, located in Trumansburg NY, was kind enough to invite me to ...

Visiting the Susquehanna-Shale Hills CZO

Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHCZO) was one of the first CZOs to be created through grants by the National Science Foundation in 2007. The Shale Hills watershed was ...

The Art of the Soil Pit

Excavating a soil pit is to peel back the only layer of the Earth we know, to see what lies beneath. Soil pits are a way of traveling back in time, to see what the soil looked like before plants ...
Rise of the earthworms

Rise of the earthworms

  The signs of an early end to the end of a very mild winter for 2015-2016 have come to Ithaca New York. The migratory ground foraging birds such as cardinals (Cardinalis) and american ...