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How Understanding Culture Can Help Us Respond to Environmental Change

Elizabeth Van Dolah • June 8, 2016
When I introduce myself as an environmental anthropologist, there’s often a pause followed by a look of confusion and then finally, “You’re a what?”   Read more . . .
blue crab

A Challenge in Climate Change Research: Facing the Skeptics

Hillary Glandon • May 18, 2016
Climate change is an accepted phenomenon throughout the scientific community, but the perspective of the general public can often be quite different. As a young researcher in the field of climate change, I often find myself in situations where climate change skeptics expect me to defend my research, which examines the effects of climate change on juvenile blue crabs.  Read more . . .
photo of WaterShed green roof

Ecology Meets Design: Green Roofs and Sustainable Communities

Rhea Thompson • February 24, 2016
My senior year as a biology undergraduate at Drexel University was marked by the opening of the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building. At its center stands a 22-foot wide, 80-foot tall biowall. It is a beautiful and symbiotic array of tropical plants and microbes that naturally purify the air. I didn’t know it then, but it was my first exposure to ecologically engineered systems.  Read more . . .
William and Brody

Learning On The Job How To Be A Sociologist — And A Father

William Yagatich • February 8, 2016
Before starting graduate school, I was convinced that learning to be a sociologist and getting a Ph.D. would be a matter of mastering the texts assigned in seminars or recommended in lectures. It never occurred to me that doing research — the actual practice — would teach me the most about my chosen field.  Read more . . .
Marsden at NOAA's ESRL

Embracing Your Inner Imposter

Brittany Marsden • November 23, 2015
It was my first day on the job as a new Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Was accepting this position a mistake?  Read more . . .