Watch my Skype A Scientist LIVE session

I just had a blast on my Skype A Scientist Live session today! We chatted all about about mud, mangroves, sea-level, and how humans interact with coastlines (for better or worse). I answered your questions and showed some cool props from the field. If you weren't able to join me live, or just want to… Continue reading Watch my Skype A Scientist LIVE session

We’ve Inherited a Dam Problem: Extended Cut

DAMS HAVE A LIFETIME JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, AND THE DAM-BUILDING MANIA OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY HAS LEFT US WITH SEVERAL DAMNING PROBLEMS DOTTED ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE. Last year, I stood on top of the Alder Dam in the state of Washington, USA. Morning had shifted to afternoon, and sun rays beamed through clouds… Continue reading We’ve Inherited a Dam Problem: Extended Cut

We’ve Inherited a Dam Problem

Morning had shifted to afternoon. Sun rays beamed through clouds and lit up evergreen slopes. A class of college students stood on top of Alder Dam in Washington State. A few feet to our left, a quiescent lake sprawled as far as the eye could see. A few feet to our right, past a chain-link… Continue reading We’ve Inherited a Dam Problem

Tracking Mangroves in the United States: Where? Why? and What’s Next?

Mangrove forests occupy a unique ecological niche in inter-tidal zones of the world’s tropics and subtropics, and their extent and health have important implications for both science and policy. In the conterminous United States, these warm temperature- and saltwater- loving trees only grow in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. However, these forests are highly… Continue reading Tracking Mangroves in the United States: Where? Why? and What’s Next?