New Contribution from Yours Truly in NatureVolve

A hand holding soil.
It turns out that scientists can use the inherent magnetism of soil to learn what past climates were like. Image by Pexels from Pixabay.

Now that I’ve ruined my life dropped out of my Ph.D. program, I have time to update my writing portfolio. One of the projects I’ve contributed to is NatureVolve.

NatureVolve is a magazine that combines both science and art. It features interviews with scientists, science communicators, and artists, as well as sections dedicated exclusively to art.

You’ll hear more about NatureVolve in an upcoming post, so I won’t delve into it too much right now. However, as someone who’s fascinated by both science and art, NatureVolve is an endeavor that I enjoy being a part of.

I published an essay in NatureVolve about my master’s research back in 2019. Most recently, I’ve begun assisting Clarissa Wright – NatureVolve’s founder and Chief Editor – with some editing. Along those lines, I wrote the “Introduction” and “Final Thoughts” sections of an article for Issue 12 of NatureVolve.

The article that I helped with is about a scientist who uses magnetism to study the Earth’s ancient climate. Essentially, the amount of magnetic substances in the Earth’s soil varies depending on climatic conditions, and measuring the magnetism of different levels of soil can help us determine what the climate was like during certain time periods.

Once we have a good idea of the climate of a given time and region, we can sync that information with archaeological data to see how people responded to those conditions. This, in turn, can help us predict how people might respond to present-day climate change.

The article explains this topic much better than I just did. You can read all of Issue 12 for free online.

You can also order a print copy of Issue 12, and subscribe to NatureVolve to make sure you don’t miss an update.

Stay tuned for more information about NatureVolve!

3 Thoughts

  1. Hi Josh, I’m returning to your blog after a while, and I’m so glad to hear that you have time to update your writing portfolio. You are a great writer and I’ve learned a lot from your writing style on this blog! I have subscribed to the NatureVolve, look forward to reading your posts there. So cool that you get to dive into climate science topics as well as art. I’m really interested in the intersections between art and environment/ecology too, recently I’ve been exploring with an artist friend how participatory visual art can be a powerful tool for community building and change! All the best for your journey and thanks for your continued support on my blog 🙏🏻☺️, Lavanya

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    1. Hi Lavanya, thanks for the wonderful comment, and for subscribing to NatureVolve! We definitely need to collaborate with artists/communities/activists if we want to see meaningful change on environmental issues. Science is nice, but numbers don’t inspire people the way that more emotional types of mediums can.

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