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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 annual meeting! Join us for five stories about the Earth and space sciences.

Hosted by Shane M Hanlon and Maryam Zaringhalam.

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

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


Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at the Life and Environmental Sciences unit, University of California, Merced. She received her PhD in Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; M. Sc. in Political Ecology from Michigan State University, and BS 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). She 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. She 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.


Carol Finn graduated with a BA in Geology from Wellesley College and a MS and PhD in geophysics from the University of Colorado. She is a research geophysicist at the U. S. Geological Survey, a past president and past General Secretary (Treasurer) of AGU and Board Chair of AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange. Her research interests are quite broad, but currently focus on the application of magnetic and gravity data, along with other geophysical techniques, to identify the subsurface distribution of hydrothermal alteration, sub-volcanic intrusions as well as ground water as they relate to both landslide hazard assessment and systematics of hydrothermal systems; find crystalline basement related to global mineral resource assessments (Algeria, Mauritania, Afghanistan, South Africa, Canada, Russia, United States); and model the 3-D geometry and internal structure of layered mafic intrusions, including the Bushveld, Stillwater and Duluth complexes, in support of assessments of platinum group element potential. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, has received Department of the Interior Meritorious and Special Service Awards and fellowships from Japan and Australia.


Ryan Haupt is a sloth paleontologist, which Google Translate thinks means he’s a “lazy scientist.” He is completing his PhD at the University of Wyoming while also serving as a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. His work focuses on refining and interpreting proxy methods to better understand the dietary ecology of living and extinct sloths, in other words, how can we tell what sloths are and were eating without being able to just watch them eat? He’s also the creator and host of the podcast Science… sort of, which has been going for over 300 episodes since 2009 and is available on the official websiteand iTunes. You can read more about Ryan on his website or follow him on Twitter @haupt.


Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, served as lead author for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, and is currently producing the second season of her PBS Digital Studios short series, Global Weirding: Climate, Politics, and Religion. She has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders. Find her @KHayhoe.

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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 where she earned her PhD. 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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