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Science in the National Parks

We were so encouraged by our reader’s report about the conference of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) that we decided to attend the conference of the National Park Service (NPS), “Science for Parks, Parks for Science” at UC Berkeley, March 26-27, 2015… 1,872 more words


Losing Ground: A Sad Earth Day Post

As I’ve indicated here, here, here, here, and here, I’m not a big fan of Earth Day because I believe that every day should be Earth Day. 673 more words


The Importance of Insects

On this Earth Day 2015…

Let us consider the importance of insects.

E. O. Wilson is our nation’s preeminent scientist.  Now in his 80’s and Professor Emeritus at Harvard, he has spent his career studying the social behavior of ants….but with a truly impressive knowledge of both the sciences and humanities…his keen and compassionate mind also offers us insights into the nature of that other successful social animal… 651 more words

Good Humans

The monkey’s voyage

The Oligocene sees a major diversification of anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes, and humans). Among the anthropoids, the major evolutionary split is a geographic one, between platyrrhines (New World monkeys) and catarrhines (Old World monkeys, apes, and humans). 589 more words

Astrobiology is island biogeography writ large.


This Island Earth

Some time ago (on Twitter) I observed that astrobiology is island biogeography writ large. I return to this idea regularly, but have not yet adequately fleshed it out. 2,191 more words

Natural History

Nicholas Kristof: Starving for Wisdom

New York Times: “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”

That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom. 116 more words