Puerto Rico 2011: Milton, the indomitable Bärbel, and her equally incredible student Kat. I was taking the photo, yes I was.

By Kelly

As I have mentioned in previous posts, one of my dearest mentors, and very good friends, is an inspiring women from Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Bärbel Hönisch is a marine geochemist who has found herself in the spotlight with a highly publicised paper discussing the geological history of ocean acidification. Last week she also gave a very informative 45 minute interview that you can listen to here. She talks of her journey into science, some of our journeys in to the field (see picture inset, I was there!!!) and the implications of here work. And more importantly she talks about her work in a manner that is accessible to a general audience. This kind of communication is an imperative step toward squashing misinformation that is fed to the media by climate change denialists.

Bärbel’s career has taken an extraordinary trajectory; a position at an ivy league university, publications in the highest ranking journals, world leading expert and now media representative! She is an outstanding example of how scientists can actively be involved in the climate change debate beyond the lab. Almost makes you want to be a scientist…..Go on, have a listen.