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 11 articles

What if we treated all sick people the way we treat people with a terminal disease?

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Palliative care can increase the quality of life for all patients

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

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

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GMOs can help us adapt to climate change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A scientist responds to that 'Science' Instagram essay

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

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

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

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A nuclear attack could be a lot like an asteroid strike

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

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

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

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What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

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In the era of GMO crops, farmers can learn old lessons of diversity

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Announcing our Photon Fellows!

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We're looking forward to articles by 12 new writers

Meet Helia Bravo Hollis, a Mexican botanist and conservationist

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"La maestra Bravo" was an expert on desert plants. She's our science valentine.

Did climate change cause Hurricane Florence?

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Our planet's changing climate did not cause Florence to form, but it's definitely not making things any easier.

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Floating detritus is giving new insights into deep-sea corals

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

Ashley Marranzino

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

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

Jerald Pinson

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Pollution and climate change hurt children most of all

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An ER doctor explains how these shifts compound childhood illness

Renee Salas

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

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

Jenny Howard

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