Coming up next week, the first virtual National Geographic Explorers Festival has over 6000 explorers invited and I am excited to attend.
In 2016, a National Geographic Research and Exploration grant, in combination with the Polar Continental Shelf Program and the NSF division of Polar Programs, funded my field season at three sites in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago – Beaver Pond, Fyles Leaf Beds, and Ekblaw. Five years, three international moves, and three fellowships later, the samples we took keep allowing me to answer questions about what the Arctic was like in the nearest analogue we have for our near future climate.
Although 5 years ago, National Geographic is still supporting my career with training in Effective Mapmaking, Advanced Storymaps with ESRI, and Making an Impact. I look forward to applying these new skills to my new research on palaeoclouds, as well as the related work we keep trickling out on fire in the Pliocene Arctic.
Clouds cause the greatest uncertainty in climate models, but we currently have no way of testing cloud model performance in a climate with higher CO2 than the historical records. Palaeontology gives us access to such a past, but currently, we don't have a method to reconstruct cloud in deep time.