The University of California prides itself on conducting research on an international scale. That said, when I arrived at UC Merced in 2013, the new, small campus had only two other ecologists and very few earth scientists. There were very few high-tech instruments on campus, even in physics and chemistry. While UC Merced lacked the accoutrements I was accustomed to at the Geophysical Laboratory, it was a very upbeat environment and was improving its infrastructure fast. I built my first isotope lab there in a building that struggled with environmental controls, but we managed to make things work. While pursuing...

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