Wooster’s Invertebrate Paleontology class at work

Wooster, Ohio — The Invertebrate Paleontology class at Wooster set to work this afternoon on the excellent fossils they collected at the beginning of last week. They had already washed them carefully, using soft brushes and soap, and now were … Continue reading
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2018 Invertebrate Paleontology field trip — with the Ghost of Gordon

The Invertebrate Paleontology class at Wooster had its annual field trip today to the Upper Ordovician (Katian) Cincinnati Group (Upper Whitewater Formation) in eastern Indiana. The weather looked terrible as the remnant of Tropical Storm Gordon worked its way into … Continue reading
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Saturnday

Ancient cultures everywhere observed seven “wanderers” move against the apparently fixed stars of the night sky: our star the sun, our natural satellite the moon, and the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. In many languages, these wanderers became … Continue reading
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Using Snow to Predict Sea Ice

One of my active areas of research is trying to find physical links in the Arctic climate system that may help us better predict when seasonal sea ice cover will disappear each summer. Good sea ice predictions are important because … Continue reading
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Anholonomy

A falling cat’s twisting returns its shape to normal but rotates its body to land feet down. Earth’s spin returns a Foucault pendulum to its initial position in one day but rotates its oscillation plane. Parallel parking cyclically rotates a … Continue reading
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2018 Expedition to Estonia

Bill Ausich (Academy Professor, Ohio State University) and I just finished an excellent research trip to Estonia. As is the custom on this blog, here are the relevant posts in chronological order: July 27: Wooster and Ohio State paleontologists return … Continue reading
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Can Heat Flow in Ocean Models Predict Seasonal Arctic Sea Ice Retreat?

Note: The following blog post is by Ben Sershen (’19), who worked with Dr. Crawford on a summer research project. Intro: My summer research work aimed to further my Junior I.S. in the fields of oceanography and climatology. My research … Continue reading
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Wooster and Ohio State Paleontologists in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia — This morning Bill Ausich (Ohio State University) took the bus from Tartu to Tallinn to finish one more research task and then prepare for the long journey home. Above is the view from my hotel room towards … Continue reading
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Last day at the Tartu Natural History Museum, and a visit to a grim museum

Tartu, Estonia — Bill Ausich and I started our last full day in this city at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum, finishing our work with the marvelous Mare Isakar, pictured above. Mare quickly found the specimens we needed, … Continue reading
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Last day in the University of Tartu Geology Department — and a great garden party

Tartu, Estonia — As a sign we’re near the end of our work in Tartu, there are no crinoids in this post. Instead, above is an Ordovician bryozoan from Estonia that encrusted the aragonitic shell of a nautiloid. The aragonite … Continue reading
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