A guide to writing with free & open-source tools

Let’s start with a list of the tools I currently use for writing: Visual Studio Code Pandoc Zotero (Reference Manager) As you can see, my current workflow is focussed on writing in markdown in Visual Studio Code, with Pandoc as tool to convert everything into a document file (pdf, docx, …) and Zotero as a reference manager. Aside from specialty applications to create graphs and/or figures, this is all that you’ll ever need (for now).
The shape of a foraminifer

The shape of a foraminifer

In the earth sciences, we often need to look at fossils in order to be able to say something about how environments and climate on earth have varied through space and time. Sometimes these fossil are very big, like the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, or very small, like the shells of planktonic organisms such as foraminifera. Don’t let size deceive you though … we can extract much more information from a tiny shell than we can from a big skeleton.