Scott Doney, the Joe D. and Helen J. Kingston Professor in Environmental Change, explained how an opportunity to discuss his work at a conference for science journalists led to an expansion of his academic focus. His ocean research had originally been on helium isotopes.
“But that’s a really hard sell when you’re trying to talk to a journalist,” Doney said.
He added, “Other environmental scientists at this workshop were talking about works on saving spotted owls and old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. One scientist was working on stopping illegal deforestation in Indonesia. Another was cleaning up toxic waste dumps around Chicago.”