These are hardly the best of times for the geosciences.
 But clouds have a silver lining for those who seek it.

The energy industry continues to reel under an onslaught of corporate mergers, restructurings, re-engineerings, downsizings, and rightsizings, which appear to be unaffected by oil price fluctuations. By now, these upheavals have likely touched each and every one of us in some way. By whatever name one may choose to describe what is going on, the net result has been a significant reduction in traditional employment opportunities for geoscientists. While the oil and service companies continue hiring (at a decreased...

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