I’ve got my conference roadtrip routine dialed in. This spring I drove to the Northeast Natural History Conference (215 miles each way), the Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering (150 miles), the University of Maine Climate Change
Happy National Parks week! While I tend to plan trips around plants — Thuja plicata in Olympic National Park, Lathyrus japonicas at Cape Cod National Seashore — I understand the draw of non-botanical Park residents:
Think of your most amazing four-state roadtrip. How much data did you collect between stops at Disney Land and the hotel pool? Did you stargaze in the Mojave Desert or were you too exhausted after
Research into how nature impacts our well-being has shown that being outside makes us feel better. Images of nature alone have been shown to lift people’s mood. But is there any connection with how the
I appreciate repetition. My favorite class in high school was AP Chemistry, but I think I owe most of my AP success to the previous year’s slog through regular Chemistry. By the time I took
I spent a week in Washington DC about two weeks before the government shutdown. Part of my conservation science postdoc fellowship involves professional development retreats and this winter we were in DC for policy training.
While citations to academic papers are easy to track (see Google Scholar, World of Science), it’s quite informative to see what research people are actually “talking” about. Just yesterday my oldest son was reminding us
Over the last few decades, fungal diseases have decimated populations of animals such as amphibians and bats. Now, a new study sounds the alarm for snakes. The research, published in the journal Science Advances, shows
Increasingly, animals have to share their space with human activities and infrastructure, even in protected nature reserves. Although human activity can often disturb animal populations, it can also be a source of reliable, easy-to-access resources.
Are we playing (or hiking or skiing or climbing) too hard? Recreation, Ecology, and Recreation Ecology
In two consecutive years of my PhD, I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving 300 miles away from my family, fighting with temperature loggers in a National Park. This was not so much “opting outside” as