Chen highlights pathways to inclusivity in the geosciences

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Geologist Christine Y. Chen PhD '20, now a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been working to make the geosciences more inclusive, diverse, and equitable; highlighting outstanding issues; and outlining steps one could take to improve the field. She recently spoke with AGU's EOS about systemic disenfranchisement in the early days of geoscience research and how that shapes studies today. In the article, Chen discusses some of the societal and historical context behind research, as well as how and why she co-developed the GeoContext curriculum, a set of supplementary teaching modules that can be incorporated into lectures. Chen also co-wrote a AGU Advances practical guide for PIs to counteract systemic bias in their lab, classroom, and in the field; she boiled down the main points for EOS.

Story Image: Christine Y. Chen sits next to samples, drilled in 2015 while Chen was a student, from Lake Junín, 4000 meters above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. They contain a sediment record spanning several hundreds millennia over multiple glacial cycles. (Credit: courtesy of Christine Y. Chen)