University of Alberta receives $18.6-million grant for research on permafrost, nanotechnology

University of Alberta receives $18.6-million grant for research on permafrost, nanotechnology

We were recently funded to build the Permafrost Archives Science Laboratory (PACS Lab) which is an ice-core styled lab focused on Permafrost characterization and analyses of permafrost-preserved records for a variety of applications.  The funding is for just over $4M […]

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A new genus of horse from Pleistocene North America

We recently published a paper clarifying the origins of a distinctive group of Ice Age horses, the New World Stilt-legged horses.  These horses have very distinctive metapodials that when you see them in the field they jump out as very […]

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Bison arrival to North America

Bison arrival to North America

Fig. 2. Reconstructions of bison skulls based on fossils attributed to (A) a giant long-horned bison, B. latifrons; (B) a Late Pleistocene steppe bison, B. priscus; and (C) a present-day B. bison. Giant long-horned bison were significantly larger than present-day bison; adult males may […]

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Anthropocene Poetry

Anthropocene Poetry

I had the opportunity to introduce Alice Major’s new collection of poems entitled ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ at the UofA Observatory.  I gave a short presentation on the science of the Anthropocene to a very a very literate crowd.  It […]

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Discover magazine top 10

Discover magazine top 10

Our ancient horse genome paper published last year was named the number 8 science story of 2013- following the Mars Rover, and CO2 hitting 400 ppm…yeah top spot is pretty tough.  The story by Breana Drexler is online here

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Ancient horse genome

Ancient horse genome

Almost ten years ago I found a metapodial (foot bone) from a large Pleistocene horse that was much larger than the typical fossils we find in Yukon and Alaska.  When we’ve found these in the past they have typically been […]

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