This is a fun and exciting announcement to make. It’s been nearly four years since I launched Collide-a-Scape midway through my fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ). Initially, I had thought I’d blog on the intersecting cultural/environmental issues specific to the Southwest. Of course, since it was my blog, I had license to share my obsessive fear about lurking mountain lions, too.
But as my dear friend Tom Yulsman predicted, I very quickly veered beyond Colorado to the globally important issues of our day, such as climate change and sustainability. (During my CEJ fellowship, I studied prehistoric climate change and how it affected ancient cultures in the Southwest, a topic I had already written on in the mid to late 2000s.) I’ll be forever grateful for the year I spent in Boulder and to CEJ for supporting my professional and intellectual endeavors during this time. I was afforded the opportunity to step away from the daily editorial grind and enlarge my perspective on a number of topics that have been of long-standing interest to me. That gave me the head space to then explore environmental and science-related issues on this blog. So far, it’s been a great journey.
I’m looking forward to continuing that journey at Discover magazine. I so appreciate them welcoming me into their fold. It’s a great honor to be part of such an illustrious science journalism tradition.
I hope all my faithful readers will join me over there and continue to engage in the kind of spirited debate that has made Collide-a-Scape a vibrant and diverse forum. This blog will migrate fully over to Discover sometime early next week. Please know that Discover’s website has recently undergone a major overhaul. They are still working out the kinks at the new site, so your patience will be much appreciated.
There will be no change in the commenting policy of my blog. However, since a new system has been put in place at Discover, all commenters will have to register for the first time over there. After that, it should be smooth sailing–comments will not be moderated (at my blog) and will appear immediately. (Of course, I will still strive to maintain a civil and respectful tone.) That said, I am unfamiliar with Discover’s new system, so again, please be patient if for some reason your comment is held up in moderation.
Lastly, I want to thank my wife, Ms. Scape, whose enduring patience (which I’ve greatly tested) has allowed me to continue this blog.
Please come join me next week at Discover blogs.