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.
I don’t remember too much from the eighties–other than Nintendo, Sonic, and how cool the Ghostbusters were. But I do clearly remember watching one of my family’s favorite movies, Smoky and the Bandit, all the time–a
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.
I love museums. A lot. And I am not alone. According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are approximately 850 million visits to American museums every year, more than the attendance to all the
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
Scientists are urging caution in the use of new genetic technologies for conservation purposes. In an article in PLOS Biology, Kevin Esvelt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Neil Gemmell of the University of
Old naturalists are my jam. I dedicated my PhD dissertation to a 19th century botanist who had spent her childhood following Thoreau around the Concord woods. I have a soft spot for research that draws
Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have shown for the first time that genetically distinct populations of wild mammals have different “odor dialects.” In a study published in Scientific Reports, they describe how populations of