Last week I wrote about my favorite new papers on mountains and phenology after a summer of scientific reading. In the second half of my top ten list, I’m highlighting some plant mysteries and best
The National Park Service is wrapping up celebrations on its 102nd anniversary this August. I’m unabashedly biased towards park science: my dissertation and my postdoc research are both Acadia-based, while cleaning out old papers last week
When I think about reading peer-reviewed natural history papers — including contemporary articles in a ‘Natural History Miscellany Note’ or ‘The Scientific Naturalist’ section — I imagine them mostly as a classic throwback: just a
Top Image: a figure from “The hidden Heuchera: How science Twitter uncovered a globally imperiled species in Pennsylvania, USA” During one of the coolest experiences of my PhD, I had the opportunity to work as
Last summer, my daughter received All Aboard! National Parks, a whimsical board book that devotes full-page spreads of colorful, kid-friendly illustrations to nine National Parks along a fictional railroad route. The National Parks skew western —
As plants take in sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow, they also respire or “breathe” out part of that carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere. When this occurs belowground from the plant’s roots, it’s called
Sometimes the best part of reading a scientific paper is an unexpected moment of recognition — not in the science, but in the humanity of the scientists. It’s reassuring in a way to find small
Snapshots of Change and The PhenoCam Network: What Are 130 Cameras Telling Us About Our Changing Planet?
As flowers began to bloom and leaves slowly emerge in the northern hemisphere this time of year, most people are thinking about how they soon get to lose the winter coat and enjoy the warm,
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 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.