Why is genetic diversity important?

APR 17, 2016     ABIGAIL (ABBY) LYNCH You could almost blame the greeness of the Chicago River on lack of genetic diversity. Well, at least, indirectly… The Chicago River turns green every St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish Americans are descentants who migrated because of the potato famine. If it weren’t for the Irish potato famine, the Windy … Continue reading Why is genetic diversity important?

Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers

MAR 14, 2016     KEISHA BAHR The beauty of a healthy, thriving coral reef community is astonishing. These ‘rainforests of the sea’ are unique and their beauty is unmatched. While coral reefs only occupy less than 1% of the world’s ocean floor, they support more than 25% of all marine species. An estimated 85% of the United States’ … Continue reading Corals under climate change: Hawai’i’s winners and losers

From Paris to the Class Room

 FEB 8, 2016     TONI KLEMM Climate negotiations, like last December in Paris, are complex, complicated, and not always fruitful. Last year, an innovative class for undergraduates at the University of Oklahoma gave students hands-on experience of how climate policy is made. This fall the class will go online for everyone around the world to participate. Here … Continue reading From Paris to the Class Room

ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change

AUG 3, 2015     LINDSEY THURMAN The Ecological Society of America is having its 100th Anniversary Conference August 9-14 in Baltimore. The organizers of this year’s centennial meeting have challenged us to put together talks and symposia that celebrate 100 years of advancements in ecological research and peer into the future of 21st Century challenges. This has … Continue reading ESA 100 Preview: Climate Change

Southeast Climate Science Center’s New Course on Climate Science

 JUL 27, 2015     ADAM DALE Photo: Adam Dale This morning I’m sitting on my porch with my computer in my lap, sipping coffee from my Star Trek mug and enjoying the beautiful morning sky. I’m staring out over a temperate deciduous forest surrounding a beautiful lake, all beneath patches of clouds, the blue sky, and a … Continue reading Southeast Climate Science Center’s New Course on Climate Science

Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers

A pika in its natural habitat. Photo: Johanna Varner  JUL 16, 2015     JOHANNA VARNER A decade ago, I would have NEVER have believed that I would write the following words, but here they are: I love working with 7th graders! My twenty-something self would have further cringed at the idea of leading dozens of boisterous middle schoolers … Continue reading Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers

Making Sense of Americans’ Opinions About Climate Change

 JUL 7, 2015     ZACHARY SCHUSTER Source: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication The folks who did the renowned "Six Americas" study are back with more interesting data on opinions toward climate change and climate change adaptation. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has recently published a paper that breaks down opinions about climate change in … Continue reading Making Sense of Americans’ Opinions About Climate Change

Pope Francis Uses Faith and Science to Discuss Climate Change (and Fish!)

 JUL 2, 2015     ABIGAIL (ABBY) LYNCH This post orginally appeared on The Fisheries Blog on June 22, 2015.  Pope Francis cites climate change as an important problem for fish and other natural resources. (Tânia Rêgo-ABr) Though religion may seem an unlikely ally of science, the recent release of Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, entitled Laudato si’ (Praise be with you) on care … Continue reading Pope Francis Uses Faith and Science to Discuss Climate Change (and Fish!)