My name is Mika McKinnon.

I trained as a physicist and geophysicist, with an emphasis on fluid dynamics. My research has touched on the beginning and end of the universe, the orbital dynamics of planetary formation, stability of hot spots on Mars, and catastrophic landslides on Earth. I previously worked as a field geophysicist for a small consulting company, doing just about everything, everywhere, eventually. I’m currently a government contractor specializing in disaster & risk reduction, an occasional university instructor, a writer for Physics Today, a travelling public speaker, and a science advisor for the film industry.

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  1. Hi Mika,

    After viewing your blog, I am excited to invite you to join a non-profit geology-based website, created by the IUGS commision on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TecTask), known as Outcropedia. This unique website is an online public database initiated by three structural geologists dedicated to fieldwork; Cees Passchier, Mark Jessell and Hermann Lebitt.

    Outcropedia is an unique online database designed to allow users to upload and view extraordinary outcrops around the world. It depends on the submission of data by its users. We welcome you to sign up and add your favorite, most beautiful outcrops to the collection!

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
    Best Regards,

    Rebecca Harris

  2. Hi Mika,
    Until recently, I was the book reviews editor at Physics Today. I am now the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics (PSEM) Acquisitions Editor at the MIT Press. I was hired to strengthen and increase our output of trade books and textbooks covering the aforementioned fields.

    I would love to chat with you sometime about any thoughts you may have on writing books that may be a good fit for our PSEM list (or recommending potential authors, or serving as a paid book-proposal reviewer).

    In particular, I am currently developing three separate series for the list: a series of “essential Bios” of leading thinkers, living or deceased (I learned of Vera Rubin’s sad passing from your tweets; I met her son Allan once); a series of visual books about major ‘big science’ projects/programs (like gravitational-wave detection/LIGO and neutrinos/IceCUBE); and a subseries of our popular Essential Knowledge series of concise, accessible overviews of compelling topics (exoplanets, turbulence, earthquakes, dark matter are some considerations).

    I would welcome your contribution to any or all of these series, and to the list broadly.

    Are you free next week for a brief chat?

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