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How to initiate your successful research or academic career
Mike Gooseff
Pennsylvania State University

When initiating your research or academic career, a first step is to recognize your goals and to determine how and where to apply to reach those goals. This webinar covers an overview of aspects need for a successful research or academic career including research, targeting grant writing, research teams, research projects and papers, mentoring and teaching.

Recorded on 15 March 2011.

This video is part of an online lecture series coordinated by APECS, US NSF ARCSS Thermokarst Project, and the University of Canterbury to help early career polar researchers navigate their careers. For more information on the full series, visit

Presenter: Mike Gooseff, Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Michael Gooseff earned his PhD from the University of Colorado in 2001, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University in 2002 and began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Utah State University later in 2002. In 2004 he moved to the Colorado School of Mines and in 2007 he moved to the Pennsylvania State University. He has been studying polar systems since 1998. His PhD research focused on the influence of streambeds on stream water biogeochemical cycling in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Since then, he has worked on additional projects in the Dry Valleys, specifically focused on the role of riparian soils and sediments and modeling ecosystem processes. Dr. Gooseff has worked in the Arctic since 2002 on projects ranging from the climate sensitivity of groundwater-surface water interactions in tundra streams to hillslope thermokarst activity on the North Slope and in the western Brooks Range of Alaska.

Dr. Gooseff is currently the Secretary of the Hydrology section of AGU and serves on the editorial board of Eos.

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