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Washington, DC - Geosciences

  • Carnegie Institution of Washington 1530 P Street NW Washington, DC 20005 USA (map)

The Story Collider Presents: Stories from AGU

The Story Collider is partnering with the American Geophysical Union for this FREE show in conjunction with its fall meeting! Join us for five stories about the Earth and space sciences.

Hosted by Shane M Hanlon and Maryam Zaringhalam. Full lineup to be announced soon.

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Show starts at 7 pm.

Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Appetizers will be provided.


Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at the Life and Environmental Sciences unit, University of California, Merced. She received her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; M. Sc. in Political Ecology from Michigan State University, and B. Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from University of Asmara, Eritrea. She was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements (esp. carbon and nitrogen), in particular in systems that experience physical perturbations (ex. erosion, fire, changes in climate). Prof. Berhe is a recipient of several awards including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, the Young Investigator Award from Sigma Xi, and the Hellman Family Foundations award for early career faculty. Prof. Berhe currently serves: as the Chair of the US National Committee on Soil Science at the National Academies; in the Leadership board of the Earth Science Women's Network; and as Associate Editor for the scholarly journals Biogeochemistry and SOIL.

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Sarah Kaplan is a science reporter at the Washington Post. She went to Georgetown University to study international affairs, but fell in love with science after writing a story about snail teeth while working on the Post’s overnight team. Now happily diurnal, she covers news from around the nation and across the universe. You can read her articles at and follow her on Twitter @sarahkaplan48.


Janine Krippner is a post-doctoral researcher at Concord University, West Virginia, studying explosive eruption deposits. Born in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Janine grew up around active volcanoes. At a young age she chose to devote her life to studying them. She moved to the US to study pyroclastic flows using remote sensing aka SPACE DATA, at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research was funded by NASA (SPACE DATA!). Janine was named one of the top scientists to follow on Twitter by Wired Magazine, and a “smiter of ludicrous volcanological rumors" by Forbes magazine. Janine acted as an important link on Twitter to official information regarding the 2017 Agung eruption in Bali.

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