Welcome to Definearth

Thank you for visiting my blog. The purpose of this blog is to educate the public about important environmental issues that are applicable to their lives in a clear and concise way. With this blog I hope to express the growing world of environmental technology, share current environmental news, and incorporate a little bit of myself into my writing. Definearth is a name that I brainstormed, but it really came from one of my favorite environmentally conscious movies, Wall-E. Watch this 30 second clip to see.

Definearth is written by me, Jess Turner, an environmentalist from NY. All my life, I have been shaped by my experiences to appreciate the environment. I grew up in grandma’s 15 acres of woods, filled with evergreens, deer, salamanders, snakes, poisonous plants, and marshes. I went to long summer camps with my sister, and we were taught to swim early on. I was president of my school’s environmental club and obsessed over my tiny rock and fossil collection. But enough about me. It’s time to explore my blog.

Current Work:

See my post about Northern Wisconsin fens: Allequash Creek Wetland. I am currently researching land-atmosphere fluxes over wetlands in Northern Wisconsin, however I plan to expand my research to a global scale by analyzing methane fluxes from these ecosystems. I am also interested in wetland conservation, management, and cultural value.

Photo credit: Bill Bellon. Image from Space Science and Engineering Center at UW Madison.

Special Interest Writing:

It goes without saying that writing is my passion. As far as my writing background goes, I have this blog as well as an interview that was published in Women in Higher Education magazine. I hope to have more non-peer-reviewed publications in the future.

Past Work:

I previously worked as a research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University with Dr. Charles Driscoll. I tested samples from the NSF-funded Ice Storm Experiment in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest for Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) and Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC). I evaluated the samples with the help of Dr. Teng Zeng in the Environmental Organic Chemistry lab. I have also done research at University at Buffalo’s Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering Department. There, I studied the efficiencies of solar cookers.