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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 . . .
Sligo Creek

Microbial Diversity and Ecosystem Health: A Citizen Science Collaboration

Sarah Laperriere • November 5, 2015
With a rising population, humans are altering the way land is used in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These changes in land use are threatening the health of many stream ecosystems across Maryland.  Read more . . .
AFS meeting in Portland

Getting the Most Out of Scientific Conferences – Professionally and Personally

Emily Liljestrand • October 13, 2015
As the child of academics, I’ve been attending scientific conferences before I could walk. Aimed primarily to graduate students and/or young professionals, the following are my tips on what to do before you leave for the conference, while you’re there, and once you return to your hope institution.  Read more . . .