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Volume 20 Issue 9 (September 2010)

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Article, pp. 59–61 | Full Text | PDF (434KB)


The Internet as a resource and support network for diverse geoscientists

Anne J. Jefferson1*, Kimberly A. Hannula2, Patricia B. Campbell3, Suzanne E. Franks4

1 Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28223, USA
2 Dept. of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, Colorado 81301, USA
3 Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc., 80 Lakeside Drive, Groton, Massachusetts 01450, USA
4 2435 Edgecomb Ave., Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038, USA

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Many geologists think mentoring is provided by colleagues sharing a hallway, networking happens over beer at GSA, and learning about new research occurs when reading a journal or attending a conference. For a small but growing group of geoscientists, mentoring, networking, and learning about exciting new research are activities that can take place at any time of day and involve interacting with people all around the world. Imagine a mini-GSA meeting happening at all times. These geoscientists are taking advantage of the interactions and knowledge-sharing afforded by the Internet, through blogs, Twitter, and similar user-generated social media outlets. There are at least 250 geo-blogs and almost 300 people tweeting about geoscience topics (see lists at http://geoblogs.stratigraphy.net/?action=list and http://twitter.com/theAGU/geo-space-ocean-scientist).

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Manuscript received 22 Feb. 2010; accepted 28 May 2010

doi: 10.1130/GSATG91GW.1