Thursday morning I recieved an email from Elsevier, providing a link to the PDF version of the book chapter / journal article in the soon-to-be-printed volume 496 of Methods in Enzymology. This brings my lifetime total of published scientific articles to two.
Methods in Enzymology is a slightly odd journal, and to me appears to lie about halfway between a typical scientific journal and a book composed of chapters written by various authors but with an editor (or multiple editors) who is / are also authors or co-authors of one or more chapters; I refer to books like that as "edited volumes". Certainly our work was subject to peer-review, just as with a normal scientific journal. Our article is chapter 5 of this book, which is itself volume 496 of the journal. The editor of each volume is different, though there are people at Elsevier (the publisher, Academic Press is some level of organization within Elsevier, I think) responsible for some editing functions; typsetting and such was handled by Elsevier, but the editors of this volume made decisions about the peer-review process.
The copyright agreement we signed with Elsevier means I'm not allowed to simply post the PDF on a publicly-accessible website, but I'm allowed to email it to people who ask for it.
Here's the abstract, which I'm sure will convince most people reading this of just how boring a person I really am, fun pictures of flat places notwithstanding.
New technologies in trace gas detection are revolutionizing our ability to study soil microbiological ecosystems. Field-deployable infrared-spectroscopy detectors capable of rapidly measuring multiple analyte gases simultaneously allow estimates of soil:atmosphere gas exchange and below-ground gas concentrations, and production dynamics across divergent ecosystems, creating opportunities to study interactions between microorganisms, soils, atmospheres, and global cycling, as well as interactions between different gases. The greenhouse gases CO2, CH4, and N2O can be measured in the field and compared to each other to uncover links between the biochemical pathways responsible for the production and consumption of these gases. We have developed techniques using a nondestructive, Fourier-transform infrared detector under remote field conditions in three campaigns in the Canadian High Arctic to measure highly variable gas processes in soils.