Welcome! This site will hopefully serve as a place to document some of the things I’m up to via the Blog and Research Interests pages, as well as a way to Contact me. It is certainly a work in progress, however, and I’m looking forward to updating it.
It has been well documented in recent years that the number of PhDs awarded is increasing at a rapid rate, much faster than the number of senior academic faculty jobs. The progression from graduate student to post-doctoral researcher to tenured professor, so long established, is now an uphill battle through a bottleneck; the proportion of … Continue reading Replace the PhD
What makes a place valuable? The concept of land value has varied throughout human history, dependent on the needs of the civilisations living nearby to a given setting. Economic factors have encouraged humans to compete for farmland or other resource-rich regions since the earliest peoples inhabited the fertile crescent, but we sometimes forget that cultural … Continue reading Value in uselessness
America is a country of which I’ve only scratched the surface, and particularly in terms of the extensive network of national parks. Last week I set out to remedy some of that, travelling to southern Utah with a friend. With 5 national parks and numerous national monuments and preserves, the proportion of land in some … Continue reading Desert and Geomorphology in Utah
In which I argue that 20th century scientific philosophy could justify a centralised, collaborative, open access scientific knowledge base