Debriefing after the Ecological Society of America’s Centennial Meeting

In lieu of my weekly reading list, I am summarizing the broad take-home messages I picked up at the centennial meeting of the Ecological Society of America last week in Baltimore. You can check out the conversation on Twitter at #ESA100, although … Continue reading

Morels Are Popping Up, According to a Map of Sightings

For avid mushroom hunters, morel season is the beginning of six months (or more) of fresh and fleeting culinary delights. For those in Piedmont North Carolina, like me, morel season just arrived, according to this citizen science sightings map. You can … Continue reading

Scientists’ Understanding of the Public Is Just as Important as Public Understanding of Science

When I hear people discuss topics like climate change or vaccines, it often is accompanied by some inherent assumptions about the people who harbor beliefs that are not supported by science. Once I entered the field of science communication and started … Continue reading

People Can and Are Living Alongside Large Carnivores

Yesterday, a study was published in Science that showed that populations of large carnivores are flourishing in Europe, even in areas inhabited by people. This study wasn’t news to me, because there is already quite a bit of literature showing … Continue reading