Daniel Burgess, Author at State of the Planet

I am a junior in Columbia College, Columbia University, and I'm majoring in astrophysics. My interests range from high energy compact objects and astroparticle physics to global warming research and advancing renewable energy.

Recent Posts

Glaciers and mountains in the Tibetan Plateau

Glacial Ice Cores Reveal 15,000 Year Old Microbes

Ancient ice contains a rich microbial record going back thousands of years. Recent advances have provided tools to study their genes and evolution, but climate change threatens to erase this frozen archive.

by |September 1, 2021
A sketch of a Viking home's original shape

Melting Ice and a High Altitude Dig Reveal Viking Secrets in Norway

A wealth of ancient artifacts stand to be discovered as high altitude ice melts, but the relationship between high altitude archaeology and climate change is a somber one.

by |August 6, 2021
Massive protest in Santiago, Chile

Environmentalists and Glacier Activists Are Poised to Rewrite Chile’s Constitution

A newly elected constitutional assembly is charged with rewriting Chile’s constitution from scratch, with strong representation from Indigenous peoples and environmentalists, including glacier activists.

by |July 9, 2021
The point where a glacier in Greenland meets the ocean

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

A new artificial neural network named CALFIN catalogues the rates at which glaciers are melting, demonstrating what the future of glaciology could look like.

by |May 5, 2021

Can a New Type of Glacier on Mars Aid Future Astronauts?

A recent publication identifies evidence of glacial activity and underground ice on Mars in an unusually flat and temperate area, which could serve as a future human landing site.

by |April 19, 2021