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Education Paths of Geoscientists Currently Employed in the United States with a Graduate Degree

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Monday, January 23, 2017
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The figure below is a Sankey diagram, a flow diagram in which populations are shown proportionally along the flow paths. This visualization shows the educational paths of the current geoscience workforce, from high school location to their primary job industry, using the National Science Foundation’s Survey of College Graduates 2013 data. The nodes (darker vertical lines) display the relative number of geoscientists in each position in their educational path and primary job position. The ribbons show the flow of geoscientists through the nodes.

Harmful Algal Blooms Find New Habitats in Changing Oceans

In April and May 2015, a bloom of toxic algae spanned more than a thousand miles of Pacific coastline, from Santa Barbara, Calif., to British Columbia. Marine organisms were poisoned throughout the food web, disrupting coastal ecosystems and economies for months. Similar events are expected to become more frequent as the oceans and atmosphere adjust to a warming climate. In the February issue of EARTH Magazine, read how scientists are working to better understand the 2015 Pacific bloom, hoping to apply lessons learned in responding to future events.

Earth Science Week's 20th Anniversary Theme!

Earth Science Week Theme for 2017 is Earth and Human Activity
Mark your calendars for October 8-14. 2017. The theme for Earth Science Week 2017 is... *drum roll* Earth and Human Activity. This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes. Learn more at

Aquatic Scientists Bring Hollywood to Science Communication in Honolulu

ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2017 Meeting Logo
The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) continues its eight year effort to look to train its scientists to be more effective communicators with the public and with each other. They will continue to host Los Angeles-based actor and Improv coach Brian Palermo their annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii in February to get the Hollywood perspective on storytelling – because that’s really what research is.