I’ve touched on the topic of succession in a few of my posts. Here I will delve a little deeper into the mechanics of an aging plant community. When I began to learn more about forests and trees, I wondered: how it is that an “old” forest has not only bigger and taller trees, but different kinds of trees? Why does a hemlock like to grow in old forests, and a birch like to grow in young ones?Read More
We are a collection of researchers working in a wide variety of fields including microbiology, ecology, agriculture, dairy science, marine biology, and the philosophy of science.
What do we have in common? A desire to bring science in easily digestible and understandable pieces for those who are interested.
This month’s mutualism is between the nectar-robbing purple sunbird Nectarina asiatica and a small flowering tree, the desert teak Tecomella undulata, particularly how the purple sunbird impacts the relationship between desert teak and its two pollinating birds: the red-vented bulbul Pycnonotus cafer and the white-eared bulbul P. leucotis.Read More
Thousands and thousands of years ago, humans began domesticating plants and animals. This happened independently in at least seven areas worldwide as people transitioned from hunter gathering to agrarian societies. Mesoamerica was one of these seven regions, and the birthplace of many beloved foods, including maize, beans, cocoa, cotton and today’s topic: squash.Read More
For humans, growing old and the diverse effects of ageing we each may experience are diverse and often dreaded. Writers, philosophers and adventurers as early as Alexander the Great have swooned over a way to reverse the wear and tear on the body, hoping to stay young in body and mind forever. So is there a Fountain of Youth?
Maybe...and it might not be as picturesque as you imagined it...Read More
I feel like drones are everywhere in the news, and never with a good connotation. Really though, there is a myriad of useful applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), so let’s think of them as a tool for good rather than a weapon-carrying-device. In my case I’m thinking about agriculture, and how these tool can be used to grow crops.Read More
Bacterial cells outnumber your own humans cells ten to one. Thanks to advances in sequencing technology reducing costs, you can finally get to know these silent co-inhabitants. In the first installment of the let's experiment series, Kenny lays out his experiment to get to know his microbiota and examine how his inhabitants respond to a drastic change in diet and probiotic use.Read More
"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring."
We're all familiar with that nursery rhyme. And maybe you do sleep with it rains. Or maybe you're moody when it's it's gloomy outside. You can also be relaxed when you hear the rain tap on your window.
Learn about how rain can affect our activity and lives so you can be prepared the next time you have an outdoor event (and be savvy about it).Read More
You may notice many of your friends dumping ice waters on their heads. What are these impromptu showers all about and what is ALS? Kenny Flynn explains his experience with the ALS ice bucket challenge while explaining what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is and explains some of the cutting edge research currently taking place to create a world without ALS.Read More