AGU Fall Meeting 2017 Session: Global Change During and After the K-Pg and P-E Transitions

Dear friends! Please consider submiting an abstract and/or attending our session at AGU Fall Meeting 2017 in New Orleans, USA:

2017 AGU Fall Meeting

PP021: Global Change During and After the K-Pg and P-E Transitions

Geochemical, paleontological, and geophysical approaches have been effectively used for exploring abrupt physical and climatic changes related to the Chicxulub impact, K-Pg transition and P-E transition. Multiproxy approaches have been proven successful to solve major scientific questions.

This session aims to bring together investigators working on global changes during the late Cretaceous and early Paleogene.  We invite contributions focusing on the immediate physical effects of the Chicxulub impact, as well as studies that employ modeling and/or analytical proxy approaches involving sedimentology, mineralogy, paleontology and chemistry (major and trace elements, as well as isotopes in foraminifera and bulk sediments) that allow for paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic reconstructions of the K-Pg transition and climatic events of the Paleogene such as the PETM and other hyperthermals.

We welcome submissions related to (but not limited to) results from recent drilling of the Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico done by the IODP-ICDP Expedition 364.

Link to session website

Link to poster session (Tuesday PM)

Link to oral session (Wednesday AM)

See you in New Orleans!

Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology

The deadline of the scholarship applications for the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology 2017 is April 1st. This was one of the most memorable experiences of my life back in 2016, so I feel obliged to share this link with other fellow paleoclimatologists and paleoceanographers. I think everybody should try to persue this amazing opportunity to spend a month in the beautiful Italian renaissance town of Urbino, drink some wine and meet amazing senior and young scientists who will become your friends and collaborators forever.

Click here for the application website

“Ocean Worlds: Missions to Icy Moons and Dwarf Planets” public lecture by Kevin Hand (JPL)

As part of the “Are We Alone?” Science Lecture Series at UCR, Kevin Hand (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech) gave this exciting public talk titled “Ocean Worlds: Missions to Icy Moons and Dwarf Planets” on February 1, 2017. He is currently a Deputy Project Scientist, Europa (at the time of the presentation: Europa a Pre-Project Scientist for the Pre-Phase A Europa Lander Mission).

Give a round of virtual applauses for this man!

The full lecture is here:

Lifechanging tool: Typing Assistant (Windows)

I recently bumped into an incredible piece of software that is changing my life forever. As a non-native English speaker I often find myself in a writer’s block state of mind, when it comes to scientific writing. If you ever had this problem and use Microsoft Windows, then this tip might be helpful! My suggestion is to try to get autocompleting software with word and sentence correction and prediction. I’ve tried several, but the one that I am currently using is called Typing Assistant. Try the demo and you won’t regret it. It has so many cool customization tools and it learns from your past writings and from everything it sees in the clipboard. I am pretty sure that Mac and Linux have similar alternatives to this gem.


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this software in any way, rather than just being an honest fan.

Happy writing!

NASA Press Conference: Potentially Habitable Planetary System TRAPPIST-1 Found with 7 planets and a sun-like star

Big deal for everybody interested in Life at the Universe: NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope finds a habitable zone planetary system of 7 planets that could have liquid water and are orbiting their own sun-like dwarf star. This was just published in Nature, so also make sure to check it out.

Read more (NASA press release)

Download the Gillon et al., 2017 article in Nature

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon cargo capsule and returns to Earth

Historical moment for privately owned company SpaceX that launched the Dragon cargo capsule into space on a Falcon 9, which returned home immediately after and successfully landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

While in space, the automated Dragon capsule had to reschedule its docking procedure with the International Space Station due to GPS cooordinate error. This was corrected and another attempt will happen soon.

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Research Vessels of the World: RV Pelagia (NIOZ)

This vessel is the flagship of NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and sails everywhere except the polar regions and the Pacific Ocean. The RV Pelagia was used in multiple GEOTRACES sections, leading to phenomenal progress on the marine chemistry of the Atlantic.