Group of young adults toast at an outdoor picnic table.

This year I am thankful for all of the scientists who stand up for what’s important and what’s right in the face of opposition. For climate scientists who continue to raise their voices to save our planet. For scientists who testify before Congress to create fact-driven legislation for the environment. For government scientists who fight to maintain the integrity of federal science agencies. For scientists in countries where speaking out against the government narrative could endanger their lives or livelihoods and who try to do right by the world anyway. For women scientists who share their #AcademiaToo and #MeTooSTEM stories and who persevere with their allies to change the culture. For scientists with underrepresented identities, who make science better by doing excellent work and also by bringing their experiences, cultures, and voices into the science workforce. To all these scientists and more, thank you, and keep up the great and good work.

Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer

Thank you to all of the people who are working on some of the most urgent issues that we face—including climate change, natural hazards, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the critical need to support science in the face of an onslaught of attacks—to help make our world a better place. Thank you, also, to all of the Earth and space scientists who are creatively stretching the boundaries of our imagination to help us better understand our planet, solar system, and frontiers beyond.

Randy Showstack, Staff Writer

The research ship Tara sailed around the world sampling ocean plankton. This illustration shows some of the diversity of plankton the researchers saw. Credit: © Christian Sardet and Noé Sardet, Fondation Tara Océan

There are so many phenomena in the natural world—and in the space beyond our world—that are wondrous and beautiful and awe-inspiring. Witnessing nature’s beauty can be fulfilling in its own right. But I am thankful for the ongoing work of scientists, engineers, and others that further reveals how the places and processes we observe came to be, how they operate and affect us, and how they may change in the future—work that offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of this place we all call home. Thank you!

Timothy Oleson, Science Editor

I’m grateful for all the scientists who work on Earth and space science forecasts. Predicting the future isn’t easy, and we’re so indebted to the scientists who give us weather forecastswave projectionsEl Niño indicessolar storm warnings, and so much more….We appreciate you!
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer

I am thankful for all the connections I have made through my years at AGU. I’m thankful for the transition of Eos from a weekly newspaper to our beautiful monthly magazine. In addition, I’m very thankful for all scientists and the education they provide us (especially with pictures).

Melissa Tribur, Production Specialist

As someone who is emphatically not an Earth or space scientist, I’m grateful that these disciplines are adjacent to so, so many others, from physics and chemistry to archaeology and the arts.

Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor


(2019), Giving thanks to geosci, Eos, 100, Published on 21 November 2019.

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