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“The sun is the only star that is known to grow vegetables, as my advisor used to tell me.” an interview with Todd Hoeksema

Todd Hoeksema solar physicists and senior research scientist at Stanford University shares his stories about the power of the sun, technology advances and its effects on society and younger generations.

“It was not a straight line” an interview with Denis-Didier Rousseau

Denis-Didier Rousseau, Senior Research Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair shares how at six years old he set the goal to be a paleontologist. He discusses how that has shaped his life...

Zoe Courville & Lora Koenig

Dr. Lora Koenig and Dr. Zoe Courville first met over a decade ago in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet. Their friendship formed while conducting research in some of the most remote corners of the world. As field researchers,...

Steve Ghan: Climate Scientist, Hiker, AGU Fellow

After a career of 30 years studying climate change, Steve Ghan embarks on another journey of steps to "Make Earth Cool Again" as he is recognized as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union during the AGU 2018 Fall Meeting.

“Be curious, look up, ask someone” Interview with Padma Yanamandra-Fisher

Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, a research scientist at the Space Science Institute, shares stories of her career in planetary science. She recounts how defining the launch of Voyager was and the significance of the growth in the field since. Padma shares her...

“Be open-minded in the research and in the people that you’re collaborating with, and to opportunities.” Interview with France Lagroix

France Lagroix, Research Scientist at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and AGU Leader share stories of her passion and the value of paleomagnetism. She talks of the discovery during her Ph'd research where she developed a novel application...

“I can’t be an expert in everything.” Interview with Denise Hills

Denise Hills, Director in Geological Survey of Alabama and AGU leader shares stories of her collaborative experiences and how it has shaped her career. She discusses the significance of the growth of science and the importance of communicating science to...

“If you don’t get it right, this planet is going to be very different before the end of this century” an interview with John Geissman

John Geismann, professor of geosciences at the University of Texas Dallas, shares his discovery into the science field and favorite aspects of working with students. He discusses the critical point we are in society and need for the global community...

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” an interview with Catherine McCammon

Catherine McCammon, staff scientist at Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth, Germany. and longtime AGU volunteer discusses collaboration and explains how she has found that the “the whole is great than the sum of its parts,” is truly an accurate statement....

“We not only found the results, but we also found the solution” an interview with Tong Zhu

Tong Zhu atmospheric chemist and university professor shares his experiences studying air pollution and its impacts on human health. Reflecting on how past discoveries influence solutions and how those solutions impact government policy. He shares stories about his work for...

“I spent my childhood driving around the most beautiful place in the world”: An Interview with Jim Pizzuto

For Jim Pizzuto, a career in science was never the plan. His father was a landscape painter, and he grew up surrounded by art and the majestic landscape paintings that his father produced. By the time he entered college, he...

“I became a geologist kind of by accident”: An Interview with Luis Gonzalez

While an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Luis Gonzalez couldn’t decide on whether he wanted to pursue a major in physics, chemistry, or mathematics. To his surprise, he found that he could do all three as...

“You want to work with people who have good character”: An Interview with Martha Savage

Eager to get out of the lab, Martha Savage spent the year immediately following her undergraduate graduation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station where she worked as a cosmic ray observer. In this position, Dr. Savage, who is now a...

“I may never pass this way again” an interview with Ellen Mosley- Thompson and Lonnie Thompson

Ellen and Lonnie share stories of their lives and careers together as paleoclimatologists collecting ice cores. The two also discuss how the common language of science transcends boundaries and can build bridges.

“I quit my job to look for invisible matter” Dusty Schroeder shares his story with Kathy Vega

Doctoral student Kathy Vega and her advisory Dusty Schroeder reflect on their different experiences that led them to space. Dusty shares his story of how one science lecture changed his whole life's trajection.

“What drove me” stories shared by Robin Bell, Carol Finn, and Carol Raymond

Robin Bell, Carol Finn, and Carol Raymonds reflect on their experiences in the field and how that has affected their personal and professional lives.