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I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas. I research the link between climate and soil formation in order to unlock information on past climates contained in the archive of buried soils. Paleoclimate data provides an important frame of reference for climate changes observed today and is used to test the reliability of models that predict future climate change.
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For my semester project in the first C-CHANGE course, Climate Change, Ecological Change, Social Change, I am researching the life and work of Hans Jenny. Jenny is a famous soil scientist who spent most of his career at University of California-Berkley and introduced the state-factor model of soil formation in his watershed book, Factors of Soil Formation: A quantitative approach. I've discovered that Jenny's efforts later in his career turned increasingly toward soil conservation or what I'd term "soil appreciation." As a soils geographer, I wasn't surprised to learn of this shift, since I know few who study soils that do not deeply appreciate their complexity, importance, and beauty, and also become aware as their studies continue that generally little appreciation for soils exists outside of soil science. I'm delighted to share here an interview with Hans Jenny titled, My Friend, the Soil, that I stumbled upon while working on this project.
In a class I'm taking at KU this semester, our instructor and my co-advisor, Johannes Feddema, directed us to Ricky Rood's climate change blog on the site Weather Underground to read a post titled "Who is the Audience? What to do?" (posted here). It references research by Anthony Leiserowitz on how the American public perceives climate change and emphasizes the need to take back control of the message, reacting to the skeptics less and educating the public more. In our C-Change classes, we frequently discuss the need for climate change scientists to better communicate with policy makers and the American public. But, this blog post hits it right on the mark, in my estimation - harkening back to my years in advertising, the aim was always the same: target the message to the audience who is most likely to "buy" the product.