Duke Nicholas School – How much nature do you need?

In health class, we often learned about food pyramids. Whole grains are on the bottom, because we need 5-7 servings per day. At the next level, we have fruits and veggies (two servings a day each), then meats and proteins (2-3 servings), followed by fats, sugars, and salts, which should be consumed rarely. In a…

Duke Nicholas School – Delisting the Manatee

igh. These days it’s no fun to read the news. Most of the environmental stories are bad, and even the “good” ones don’t hold up to closer inspection. Take the West Indian Manatee, which lives in the coastal waters off of the Southeastern United States. I love manatees (I’ve written about the species multiple times). Because…

Duke Nicholas School – So you’re going to discuss climate change

A good friend of mine from college and I had a brief conversation about climate change just before the holidays. After being ignored for most of the election season (in my opinion), climate change has fast engrossed the national debate as skeptics have taken major positions at the EPA and other organizations, even as other cabinet picks…

Duke Nicholas School – The Importance of Long-Term Research

As February transitioned into March, I was far from home. Leaving the long leaf pines and palm trees behind in Florida, I flew to Phoenix for a road trip up the West Coast. From Phoenix to San Diego to Santa Barbara to Monterey Bay to San Francisco, I visited five long-term ecological research studies to…

How to Create Change: Citizens are Heard on H.R. 621

It was the last afternoon in January and I was driving 45 minutes from a work meeting back to the office. Since I was in the car alone, I figured I’d make the most of my time and dialed my House Representative. Over the previous few days, I had grown increasingly alarmed at a number…

Duke Nicholas School – Why I Knit My Own Sweater

Over New Year’s weekend, I spent a very relaxing few days binge watching Downton Abbey and just taking it easy as 2016 rolled into 2017. I can never sit completely still while watching television, so I happily took to the couch with my newest knitting project: a sweater. Read the rest here!

Duke Nicholas School – Wait, is that a baby eagle?

It was the last few days of 2016, and I was in the office. Though I was lucky enough to take off a bunch of days around Christmas, I had to make up the hours before my time sheet was inevitably due. The office was fairly quiet, so a coworker sent me the link to…

Duke Nicholas School – Dreaming of a White (but Sandy) Christmas

Growing up in Maine, I often experienced the classic, snow globe-esque Christmas seen in movies and television shows. After opening presents, my siblings and I would pull on our snow pants and coats and head out into a world of white, building the always-popular snowman or taking an ice-skating spin around a local pond. Since…

Duke Nicholas School – Three Books to Add to Your Holiday Wish List

We are all smack-dab in the middle of the gift-giving season, and I personally think there are few presents as enjoyable as a really good book. For all those ecologists, managers, and practitioners out there, here are three books that should absolutely be on your list! I have recently read all three, and together they…

Duke Nicholas School – Birding with the Great Florida Birding Trail

It was just past 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, but already a small crowd had gathered at the Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center in Okaloosa County, Florida. Based on the proliferation of cameras and binoculars, it was easy to identify the group in question: birders. Read the rest at the Duke Nicholas School!