In December, several Dartmouth IGERT fellows attended the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Franscisco, CA. Attendees hailed from 97 countries and numerous languages could be heard during the coffee breaks. This year the population of the fall meeting exceeded past numbers with 22,167 attendees (to be precise!), >12,000 poster presentations and >6,000 oral presentations. Attendees were from academia, state/national agencies, the private sector and 29% of the attendees were students. Every year there is a wealth of information presented from volcanology, science communication, to global circulation models. In the past few years there have been more interdisciplinary sessions included. This year there was a large geobiology contingent presenting on topics such as the carbon cycle in soils and phenology (“The scientific study of periodic biological phenomena, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions” (www.thefreedictionary.com)).
This year 10 Dartmouth IGERT fellows attended the meeting and presented their work. We hope that number continues to grow in future years!