Canadian Election 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that I always make a list of observations prior to the Canadian election. Since I no longer live in Canada (but can still vote, because I had to maintain residency during my PHD so the new 5 year rule does not apply), I have been a bit disconnected to the happenings in the run-up to the election. Much of this has been deliberate – the actions of the federal government during the past five years has not been exactly friendly to science (especially climate scientists). I need to mail in the ballot soon, so time to start thinking. Continue reading

Primer: Ice on the Earth’s surface

In front of the Fox Glacier, New Zealand

In front of the Fox Glacier, New Zealand

I started this blog to be able to share what I do with the world, in a way that is hopefully accessible to everyone! First though, I should introduce the subjects that I am interested in. The first topic I am tackling is “ice on the Earth’s surface”. Reading the reactions to news stories of climate change, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding ice. One of the problems is that the huge quantities of ice that exist on the Earth’s surface are very far away from populated area. This means it is hard for people to envision what the changes in the cryosphere (the frozen areas of the Earth) means to them. So here we go. Continue reading

Back to the Grind

Täby Church

Täby Church

When I last wrote, I was attending the INQUA congress in Japan. But as fun as conferences are, you have to return to the real world and get back to work! At the moment for me, that means going back to Stockholm Sweden. For those who don’t know what this means, here is what it is like: Continue reading

INQUA conference in Nagoya


I currently have the pleasure to attend the 2015 INQUA Congress (International Quaternary Association). This is one of the largest gatherings of people who work on geology and climate change for the past 2.5 million years. Although I still question the wisdom of holding a conference in Nagoya in July (temperatures are currently in excess of 35C), overall I am quite happy with how the conference has gone so far. Continue reading

First post

This is my new website, where I will share my thoughts on the world of science (particularly Earth science) and other topics that may or may not be related to that. Make sure to look at my about page, which will explain my interests and motivations.

Also make sure to check out On Circulation, a blog I used to contribute to when I was a PHD student at The Australian National University.