As part of the new year, we took a look at the most talked-about INSTAAR papers in recent months. A search using Altmetric, a digital tool for measuring public engagement with scientific research, showed the papers with INSTAAR authors that have figured most prominently in the news and in social media conversations. While many of these papers are behind a paywall, everyone can read the abstracts and some additional information. Check them out for findings on the Anthropocene, methane, climate change, human migration and Beringia, ocean acidification, and life in frozen-over Lake Vida. From the top:
"The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene," Science. This paper is also the most talked-about on the list for CU Boulder as a whole.
"Upward revision of global fossil fuel methane emissions based on isotope database," Nature. This paper is also number 19 from CU Boulder.
"Continental-scale temperature variability during the past two millennia," Nature Geoscience. Number 21 at CU Boulder.
"Unprecedented recent summer warmth in Arctic Canada," Geophysical Research Letters.
"Out of Beringia?" Science.
"When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal," Quaternary International.
"The geological record of ocean acidification," Science.
"Rising atmospheric methane: 2007–14 growth and isotopic shift," Global Biogeochemical Cycles.
"Microbial life at –13ºC in the brine of an ice-sealed Antarctic lake," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.