Anthropogene – A term occasionally used to refer to the Holocene (the last 11,700 years of Earth’s history) in order to highlight the drastic changes in climate, environment, sediment transport, and biosphere brought about by human activities. A related term is the Anthropocene, which specifically refers to the era following the Industrial Revolution (1800 CE) when human impacts on the planet began to rapidly accelerate and amplify.
About the Blog
I’m the writer for the blog Suburbivore, a blog that focuses primarily on food and all its aspects: social justice, production, health, cultural norms and interactions, gender, etc. However, sometimes I write, or have written, things that I think are worth sharing that don’t fall into the kinds of topics that Suburbivore was created for. Anthropogene acts as a cutting room floor for these leftover pieces, a place to display them in lieu of a specific blog or journal.
As the title suggests, most of these leftovers are pieces of science writing (since it’s one of my primary interests), although other subjects may creep in now and then.
About the Author
Jennifer Sabado graduated in 2002 with a cellular biology degree from the University of San Francisco, and subsequently followed her passion for the macroscopic world into a master’s degree in geology from UC Riverside. Her education in the hard sciences has been paired with training in anthropology and archaeology (Foothill College, 2009-2010) and cultural studies (Japanese culture and language minor, 1999-2002). She has taught at the community college level and has worked on both archaeological and paleontological projects, from studying the rocks at Ecuadorian sites to prove their human provenance to excavating a subfossilized mammoth from the clay fields of a Watsonville artichoke field.
Jennifer currently spends her days looking after a frighteningly precocious toddler and a small neurotic dog. In her spare time she shares a collection of far-ranging essays and stories about everything from planetary geology to human social behavior.