Today is a wonderful day!
It’s the day I’ve been published for the first time in a science journal! And it’s Reviews of Geophysics and in the AGU 100 Grand Challenges Centennial Collection! And as if that wasn’t already cause for celebration, it’s a graphic about polar ice. ICE ICE, BABY!
Today, I feel like my career transition to science communication and sci-art, which I began in earnest during my first expedition to Antarctica, and which solidified during IODP Expedition 382, has come full circle. It’s confirmation yet again that I took the right path. (But yes, writers! I will continue to edit fiction and nonfiction and illustrate other material.)
Creating this graphic was fun and fascinating, and I learned much more about the processes affecting melting of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets, the subject dearest to my heart. It was a pleasure and such a smooth process working directly with Dr. Jan Lenaerts (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Dr. Brooke Medley (NASA).
It’s also testament to the immense power of Twitter for networking and building collaborations. I first met both Jan and Brooke on Twitter, and later in person at two workshops (APECS Antarctic Hydrology and Ice Shelf Instability and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Workshop). I’ve been very grateful for this opportunity.