Ruth Patrick’s Aquatic Pollution Revolution
Scientists in Action! / The HumanitSEAS

Ruth Patrick’s Aquatic Pollution Revolution

Science grad students are asked terrifying questions on the regular, but the very worst one comes from our moms.  It’s usually tacked onto an otherwise innocent conversation, when Mom will casually pause and say, “Honey, your latest oxygen flux data are truly fascinating!  By the way, have you met anyone lately?”  It’s enough to make … Continue reading

Green Your Weekend: Map the Ocean
How do we science? / Marine Life

Green Your Weekend: Map the Ocean

Our first Green Your Weekend post resulted in Congress banning microbeads, if we ignore the fact that correlation does not imply causation.  We figured it only made sense to harness this blog’s obvious political influence with another easy tip to make your weekend a little greener!  And because everyone’s thinking more pink than green this … Continue reading

Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice
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Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice

Warren County, North Carolina, doesn’t seem the most likely place for the environmental justice movement to have started.  It’s a small, rural county northeast of Raleigh, and might have stayed just that if not for a decision to dump a toxic landfill in its midst in 1978.  The response of Warren County’s primarily black residents … Continue reading

The Superficial Guide to Your First Conference
Conference Rundowns / Science and Communication

The Superficial Guide to Your First Conference

Before attending your first scientific conference, you’ll get a lot of feedback.  Most of that commentary is about science, fittingly enough.  “Be prepared to see at least 17 big wigs in your audience,” your advisor warns.  “That graph is kinda nonsense,” your grad student practice audience frowns.  “Will green and blue make it tough for … Continue reading

The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves
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The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves

As anyone who’s tried to keep a fickle houseplant alive knows, plant cultivation is not easy.  While Matt Damon is growing potatoes on Mars, most of us are struggling to figure out why our bromeliads are drooping despite our unfettered attentions.  Now imagine growing those plants in slightly less hospitable conditions- say, a few days … Continue reading