Biodiversity Includes Knowledge Diversity

According to many textbooks, an ecosystem is defined as a community of living organisms interacting with each other and the nonliving components of their environment. Whenever I introduce this concept to students, I ask them to consider what is meant by "living" and "nonliving." Common examples of "nonliving" parts of an ecosystem include air (oxygen, carbon... Continue Reading →

Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative

About four months ago, this lovely photo by Joe Neely of Diadasia bees sleeping together in a flower appeared on Bored Panda and promptly went viral. Based on my experience as a biologist, I concluded at once these individuals were two adult females, perhaps sisters, cuddled for warmth as they were sleeping. Recently, it occurred to me others... Continue Reading →

Recommended Reading: LATINX by Ed Morales

I recently started LATINX by Ed Morales, and I must take a moment to recommend this very insightful and moving book. LATINX examines the history of and interface between social constructs of race in Latin America and social constructs of race in the United States, as well as the implications for our common future. I didn't realize how... Continue Reading →

Saving the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante

Taking a moment this week to give a shout out to my friend and colleague Matt Kelly, who together with biologists Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson, has launched a crowdfunding campaign centered on the incredible bee community of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an extraordinary site in terms of bee diversity, housing some... Continue Reading →

Turning Point Revisited

In 2007, I sold my first short story, 'Turning Point,' to the speculative fiction journal ZAHIR.  Set in the highland forests of Costa Rica, 'Turning Point' chronicles the tensions between three field entomologists who must decide what to do when a faerie falls into one of their malaise traps. The meticulous Ruth, dedicated to documentation and... Continue Reading →

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