Dame’s Rocket – Species Highlight

A new species highlight on dame's rocket, one of the prettiest invasive species out there.

Across the Frozen Sky

Tundra swans’ long migration connects the isolated tundra to the urbanized mid-Atlantic.

The Herbarium: Mounting

October 2, 2017 Dr. J, Last week, I continued to sort through various Polygonaceae family members.  I ran across several from arctic regions including Koenigia islandica, whose name suggests a warmer climate than the Alaskan archipelago where it is native.  Another, Oxyria digyna, is a unique little plant that can be found both in the... Continue Reading →

The Herbarium: Invasive Migrations

September 26, 2017 Dr. J, Bonnie mentioned going into the field to collect plants in the near future.  I’m sure the process of pressing plants isn’t very complex or exciting, but I am excited to learn about it. I met a gentleman named Allison who worked as the curator of the state herbarium of Ohio.... Continue Reading →

The Herbarium: Intern vs. Polygonaceae

Prologue: My internship is counted for credit with Chatham, so I have to do some sort of check-in with an advisor at my university.  I chose my academic advisor, Dr. J, because she is very cool and she is a botanist.  I write a weekly e-mail to her and usually limit my word count--I'm sure... Continue Reading →

The Herbarium: Hidden Science at the Museum

I stood in the main foyer of the museum staring out into a courtyard where some smart-looking people sat drinking coffees and having a chat.  I was waiting for Bonnie Isaac, the herbarium collection manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  I was anxious to start my internship in the Botany Section, though I really... Continue Reading →

Waning Summer, Waxing Autumn

The summer sun was nearly wasted on me.  I spent a considerable amount of time indoors at a retail job in order to pay for the enumerating costs of living as an adult.  A three-car wreck on a busy urban road in morning traffic, a rusty muffler scraping on suburban asphalt streets, and the hassle... Continue Reading →

Snow Drops

Sixty degree weather in February has created some unique opportunities for me this year.  While it's not quite late enough for much of anything to be growing or flowering, there are some typical early bloomers that appear almost out of place without a blanket of snow on the ground and nippy air on the nose.... Continue Reading →

Life Sciences: Academics

"Conservation is a cause that has no end.  There is no point at which we will say our work is finished." --Rachel Carson I pulled up the site today to try to finish one of the dozen or so drafts that I have going and decided instead to provide an update on me.  I've not... Continue Reading →

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