About

Hi there, I'm Chris. This blog is an excuse to tell you about neat bits of science I've happened across. I'm aiming to improve and showcase my writing through the time-honoured approach of just doing something a whole heck of a lot until it's not particularly terrible.

Rosin Cerate is a blog mostly about living things. My background is in pharmacology, public health, and environmental microbiology, so I tend to gravitate towards these areas of science.

Correspondence should be directed to rosincerate@gmail.com. If I messed something up, and you have it in you to not be a complete jerk about it, please let me know.

Rules of the blog:
(1) Weirder tends to be better
(2) Rehashing Wikipedia articles, while very tempting, is uncool
(3) Cite freely available scientific publications whenever possible

Before I came along, Rosin Cerate was an ointment-like medicine consisting of lard (from pigs), resin (from pine trees), and wax (from bees). It used to be a popular means of treating burns and blisters. I just thought it sounded cool.

A tad more about me: I have a PhD, which I obtained by studying the thin layer of goo covering the world's oceans and lakes (it's known as the surface microlayer). I currently reside in Hamilton, a slightly worn out yet nevertheless charming city in Canada.

If you'd like to, you can follow me on Twitter. I also have a tiny personal website.