Gabriela Serrato Marks

Marine Geology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I’m a PhD candidate in marine geology at MIT. I use stalagmites to create past climate records that provide context for future climate change.

Gabriela has contributed to 2 reports

Massive Science Report № 3

You Are What You Meat

We worked with scientists in the field to explain how we’re growing meats in labs—and when you can eat them. It's your introduction to the next agricultural revolution.

Massive Science Report № 1

You Don't Know GMOs

We've gathered a team of geneticists, biologists, and environmental scientists to bring you the most up-to-date report on the science, history, and safety of genetically-modified organisms.

Gabriela has authored 10 articles

Climate change is causing floods all over the world. Here's what you can do to help

Read now →

People are dying in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, in Nebraska and the Dakotas. And millions more are at risk.

GMOs can help us adapt to climate change

Read now →

Like levees and seawalls, GMOs could help us to manage climate change's impact

Meet Ynes Mexia, late-blooming botanist whose adventures rivaled Darwin's

Read now →

Eighty years after her death, scientists are still processing the plants she collected

The Lyme wars are upon us. We should probably read up on them

Read now →

By 2050, 12 percent of the US population will likely be infected by Lyme-causing pathogen

The Moon's origins may be far different than we thought

Read now →

We're still learning the basics about Earth's nearest neighbor

A scientist responds to that 'Science' Instagram essay

Read now →

Online outreach helps highlight women and people of color in the field

I crush stalagmites from protected caves. What can I do to give back?

Read now →

Scientists should do more with the communities where they work, a cave researcher writes

A nuclear attack could be a lot like an asteroid strike

Read now →

Nothing compares to the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but nuclear blasts are far more likely

It's time to stop excluding people with disabilities from science

Read now →

You can be a great scientist without being able to carry a 50-pound backpack out of a cave

Gabriela has left Comment 4 peer comments

Floating detritus is giving new insights into deep-sea corals

Read now →

Environmental DNA is a less invasive way to solve long-submerged mysteries

Comment 4 peer comments

How yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions took over New Zealand

Read now →

A centuries-long cold snap changed the history of humans and wildlife

Comment 1 peer comment

Pollution and climate change hurt children most of all

Read now →

An ER doctor explains how these shifts compound childhood illness

Comment 2 peer comments

Boobies of the Galápagos are replacing their disappearing food source with junk fish

Read now →

Decades of research show how the sardine's decline threatens an entire ecosystem

Comment 1 peer comment
Gabriela has shared 4 notes

Announcing our Photon Fellows!

Two Photon and Massive partnered up to fund science writing training for a small group of new writers. We were thrilled to have over 100 applicants, though we wish we could fund everyone! We ended up with 12 Photon Fellows, each with their own perspectives and areas of expertise. Look out for their articles coming soon. 

Photon Fellows

Adriana Romero-Olivares

Ana Maria Porras

Ashlei Milligan

Carina Seah

Claudia Lopez

Elaine Shen

Fiona McEnany

Ive Velikova

Jose Liquet y Gonzalez

Lucie Descamps

Mackenzie Thornbury

Shalise Couvertier

Look for this banner on Photon Fellows' articles!

New collaboration with Two Photon

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Two Photon, a small company that makes science art. In addition to creating enamel pins, jewelry, and other cool products, they also provide small grants for people starting new science communication projects. 

As you probably know, members of the Massive consortium write two articles for publication during their training. These first two articles are unpaid, which is where Two Photon comes in! They'll be providing grants for a small group of prospective writers with little or no previous experience to participate in Massive's science writing training. Two Photon grantees, known as Photon Fellows, will be paid for their first two training articles, which will make it possible for them to participate without doing any unpaid work. If you're interested in being one of the writers supported by Two Photon, join our consortium! You can use the code TwoPhoton to waive the fee. Once you're in the consortium, you'll find links to the Photon Fellows interest form. We're really looking forward to the articles that come out of this partnership.

We're also stocking a few Two Photon items in the Massive Science Shop! Check out the purple brain pins, Scientist necklaces, flask pins, and Science is for Everyone pins (click the giant brain picture below). And don't forget to pre-order a science tarot deck soon! All the proceeds from our shop go back into supporting our mission.

Massive and Two Photon have a lot in common: we both have small teams that appreciate science and art equally and believe science is for everyone. Thanks for supporting both of us!

pink brain enamel pin

Two Photon

Meet Helia Bravo Hollis, a Mexican botanist and conservationist

Helia Bravo Hollis was a plant researcher in Mexico, one of few women working in biology in the 1930s. Two species of plants, Ariocarpus bravoanus and Opuntia bravoana, were named to honor her.

She died in 2001, just before her 100th birthday. I'm a huge fan of hers because Latina women are underrepresented in the history of science and because I love desert plants. Also, mid-century field clothes were pretty cool. She did all her fieldwork in a skirt!

Did climate change cause Hurricane Florence?

The short answer is no. Our planet's changing climate did not cause Florence to form, but it's definitely not making things any easier. Because of increased air and water temperatures, hurricanes can carry more rain onto land than they used to. That makes flooding an even more pressing threat. In addition to being wetter, hurricanes are also larger: a brand-new (not yet peer-reviewed) analysis released yesterday showed that the diameter of Florence is 50 miles (80 km) larger because of the influence of climate change. Analyses completed after landfall will have more information about how warming temperatures are influencing big storms, but for now, scientists will continue to watch and wait.