Nature, truth & reconcilliation
Jan21

Nature, truth & reconcilliation

Ecologist Madhu Katti contemplates Mandela’s legacy today on  KVPR 89.3fm in Fresno California. “Can we expand Mandela’s vision of reconciliation to our own planet, to offer ourselves a shot at redemption from Nature, just as he offered his oppressors? Unlike him, Nature is amoral and lacks conscience. It is up to us, therefore, to recognize the consequences of our actions, admit our culpability, indeed our own guilt, in...

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Teach your children well
Jan20

Teach your children well

In another great guest post, landscape ecologist Lisa Schulte Moore shares stories of infusing everyday kid activities with a connection to science and nature—and, most importantly, having fun doing it. “Yes, fun. But I’m also trying to say it’s cheap and easy, and super rewarding,” she commented, during editing. “I think there are a bunch of deterrents to getting more people doing this kind of stuff: they think of...

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Forgotten beetle hunters and the foundation of evolutionary theory; Alfred Wallace remembered in puppetry
Jan15

Forgotten beetle hunters and the foundation of evolutionary theory; Alfred Wallace remembered in puppetry

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace (Director’s Cut) directed and produced by Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck [Sweet Fern Productions].   “So he has this vision: he’s going to walk into a London scientific salon with a Toucan on his arm. He’s not going to be a nobody; he’s going to be a somebody.” ~Andrew Berry, Harvard University. Editor, Infinite Tropics, an Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology. In January of 1858,...

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“Nothing is hard, only new” – navigating interdisciplinary graduate research
Jan13

“Nothing is hard, only new” – navigating interdisciplinary graduate research

In this guest post, Kellen Marshall shares the realistic barriers of interdisciplinary work as a doctoral student. Marshall is a native Chicagoan and current doctoral candidate of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is also the Director of the George Washington Carver Research Station at Eden Place Nature Center on Chicago’s south side. Kellen has used her passion for the field of ecology to...

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Oysters of New York
Jan09

Oysters of New York

Denitrification heroes? by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer The January 2014 ESA Bulletin is out, with a photo gallery illustrating Timothy J. Hoellein and Chester B. Zarnoch’s preprint in Ecological Applications, “Effect of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) on sediment carbon and nitrogen dynamics in an urban estuary” tentatively scheduled to appear in the March, 2014, issue. Oysters pull nitrogen, phosphorus, and...

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