Becky Barak is a Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden's Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation. She gave an "ignite" talk at this August's Ecological Society of America meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ignite talks are only 5 minutes, and slides advance automatically every 15 seconds. Becky, and others in her session, described their research using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. This fun challenge was inspired by xkcd's "Upgoer Five" cartoon.
A recent review paper in Restoration Ecology (Chivers et al.) summarized a lot of ideas and research to date on a topic I’ve been contemplating for some time—should(n’t) we be breeding plants to be better suited for ecological restoration?
I was lucky enough to guest-star on the BEACON Center's blog-- check it out! BEACON is an NSF center for the study of evolution in action, and in my opinion is the place to be if you want to do eco-evo outreach at MSU. Check out my post below (continues at the BEACON website).
If you look at the lyrics of two of the most iconic songs in American history, you’ll find that both reveal the composers’ fondness for the wide open spaces of our American landscape.
Many jobs have a "busy season," whether it's final exams for students, winter holidays for retailers, or tax season for accountants. Mine is field season set-up in May.
I spend October - March each year holed up inside my mid-Michigan home, safely sheltered from the clouds outside. Only a constant intake of tea and my happy lamp keep me sane while I tackle a year's worth of reading, writing, studying, and data analysis... waiting for April.
Because everyone knows April means Opening Day!
Of field season!
I don't always take selfies in the field.
But when I do, you'd better believe they're destined for this blog.