Christina Reed

Christina Reed

Freelance journalist and author of two books on marine and Earth science history during the 20th century. Deep-sea explorer with Director James Cameron on board the Russian Mir 1 submersible. Follow me on Twitter @seagirlreed

Zebras and the Environmental Pressures on Social Behavior

Two species of zebras sharing the same habitat have very different social patterns. Just how selection pressure from food, parasites, predators and other factors affect their behavior is what Kaia Tombak of the Simons Society of Fellows hopes to find out.

Simons Foundation / March 2020

Crucial Steps Ahead for Flying Cars

Flying cars are up against a wall. For a decade the industry has been just a few years away from getting models street-certified.

Discover Magazine / July 2017

France backpedals on last minute research budget cuts

France’s president François Hollande has agreed to cancel more than half of €256 million (£200 million) worth of budget cuts to research and higher education in response to heavy criticism from scientists.

Chemistry World / June 2016

Twentieth-century Marine Science: Decade by Decade

This book chronicles the history of marine science since 1901, documenting the significant discoveries of the 20th century by notable marine scientists and oceanographers.

Facts on File / March 2009

Greenhouse Gas Patterns Offer Promise, Puzzlement

Emissions growth of carbon dioxide has suddenly slowed, but atmospheric methane concentrations continue to soar after a long hiatus. Both trends have a bearing on climate pacts sought this week.

Eos / December 2015

Tracking the Ocean’s Circadian Rhythm

A Simons Foundation collaborative expedition aims to understand the daily interactions of the organisms at the base of the marine food chain

Simons Foundation / September 2015

Dawn of the Plasticene Age

The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy – but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene

New Scientist / January 2015

Overwintering, part 3: The sun returns

This is the third part of a series about Elena Stautzebach’s adventures overwintering at a German research base in Antarctica.

Science Careers / September 2014

We're out of fish and chips. How about some nice barnacles?

Even with a changing climate, Europe will always have seafood options. Just what those options will be, however, may sound rather disheartening to today's fans of the beer-battered cod in Britain's famous fish and chips.

ClimateWire / August 2014 / [Pdf , 0 Bytes]

Warning: Sastrugi Crossing

For meteorologist Elena Stautzebach and the rest of the overwintering staff, finding adventure is part of the daily routine.

Science Careers / July 2014

NEGOTIATIONS: Climate talks in Bonn make progress toward long-term goals

The U.N. climate talks at Bonn, Germany, last week appear likely to give birth to elements of a draft treaty that diplomats hope to begin circulating within a month to help pave the way for the upcoming climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December.

ClimateWire / June 2014 / [Pdf , 0 Bytes]

Winter is Coming

Meteorologist Elena Stautzebach will spend more than a year at the German research base Neumayer-Station III, in Antarctica.

Science Careers / May 2014

WINTER OLYMPICS: A new record! Mother Nature brings real snow to Sochi

With just a few days left of what has become the warmest Winter Olympics, the ski and snowboard venues at Rosa Khutor on Tuesday finally saw snow -- natural snow, that is. For the 2014 Winter Games near Sochi, this was a strangely unexpected event.

ClimateWire / February 2014 / [Pdf , 282 KB]

2013 Top 20 Earth Images Contest: Photos

With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.

Discovery News / December 2013

Phenomenal Waterspouts Stir Up Ionian Sea

Roberto Giudici saw 10 funnel clouds form one-after-the other off the coast of the Greek Island of Orthoni in the Ionian Sea. He managed to photograph four off the starboard (right) side of the ship.

Discovery News / July 2013

That Orange Goo? Rust Fungus

The additional examination results of the orange goo from Alaska's remote Kivalina village are in — and they show that the suspected eggs are not eggs at all, but rather the spores from an unidentified species of rust fungus, a common plant disease.

Discovery News / August 2011

Mystery Orange Goo Invades Alaska Village

A mysterious orange substance washed ashore along the Arctic coast of Kivalina, Alaska, and inundated the small Inupiat Eskimo village last week.

Discovery News / August 2011

Seahawks' Seismic 12th Man

Seattle Seahawks fans cheered and jumped their way into the seismic record books.

Discovery News / January 2011

Scientists cure Ebola in monkeys

An experimental treatment for Ebola that could potentially save human lives has been shown to be completely effective in monkeys.

SciDev.Net / June 2010

Where sinking land meets rising water

Five hundred million people living on the world’s deltas now face the twin threats of subsidence and rising sea levels.

IGBP's Global Change magazine / January 2010

A Pinch of Salt

If oceanographers could distinguish by taste the various salts and minerals in the ocean, seawater would be a great deal easier to analyse.

A World of Science / September 2009

Talking Up Enlightenment

Neuroscientists hear, and applaud, the Dalai Lama -- reposted in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's forced exile from China.

Scientific American / March 2009


When protons start colliding next month at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, Turkish particle physicist Bilge Demirköz will make sure physicists see what happens.

Science Careers / September 2008

Nobelists talk energy

Nobel laureates discuss climate change and energy challenges.

Climate Feedback: Nature Climate Change Blogs / July 2008

Networking Group Seeks to Bridge the Poles

"By meeting other early-career scientists, you get into a group of people with similar interests and problems." --Angelika Renner, British Antarctic Survey

Science Careers / April 2008

Voyagers to the End

The solar system may be dented at the bottom.

Scientific American / February 2008

Marine Science: Boiling Points

Teams of researchers are finding vents in ocean floors around the globe. Christina Reed follows the hunt for these extreme ecosystems.

Nature / February 2006 / [Pdf , 970 KB]

When lava flows uphill

In July 2003, the volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat blew its top – but this was no ordinary eruption.

New Scientist / March 2005

Into the Abyss

Science meets entertainment at the bottom of the sea.

Scientific American / February 2005 / [Pdf , 79.8 KB]

Silent alarm

Strange Earth tremors that make almost no sound are trying to tell us something.

New Scientist / September 2004

Egypt: Rivers of sand

Part of a series on Martian field trips on Earth.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / May 2003

Watching The Core: A movie review

What happens when I take four geophysicists from the Carnegie Institution of Washington to see the new blockbuster movie The Core? Prepare to get burned.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / April 2003

Geophenomena: Black Tide

Scientists question how the Spanish government handled the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige, which is still leaking.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / April 2003

An Eye on Weather at its Worst

What's it like to spend the night inside the observatory responsible for monitoring some of the world’s worst weather?

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / February 2003

3-2-1 Meltdown

Planetary scientists took the melt drill Cryobot on its first field test in the Arctic.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / April 2002

Geoarchaeology: Ancients right about Delphi

Embedded in oily limestone, faults beneath the temple of Delphi vented hydrocarbon vapors through fissures in the bedrock and continue to bubble forth ethylene, ethane and methane in neighboring springs today.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / May 2002

Geophenomena: Mount Pelée, Martinique 1902-2002

Not since Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 had anyone ever seen the kind of pyroclastic surge of hot gases that would rush over the port city of St. Pierre on May 8, 1902.

Geotimes (Now Earth Magazine) / May 2002

EXPEDITION: Dive and Discover the Galápagos Islands

Dive and Discover’s Expedition 5 with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution explores the undersea volcanic slopes of the remote Galápagos islands of Fernandina and Isabela. / September 2001

Rock music

Listening to geologic warning bells that could foretell danger in mines.

New Scientist / December 2000

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