Colorado Quaking Aspen. Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons License, 2012.
By Sarah Bisbing and Kristen Pelz
Following a summer of record high temperatures and extreme drought, we bet you’ll have a hard time imagining the feel of a cool, autumn day. For just a minute, though, let’s go there. Imagine: cool, crisp mornings; piping hot soups and apple pie; thick, wool sweaters; and (our favorite) the true mark of fall’s arrival – the turning of leaves and the coloring of our forests.
Although the eastern U.S. is renowned for its fall color, the western U.S. has its own colorful gem. The quintessential player in fall coloring of the western U.S. is quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). Continue reading
By Lauren Kuehne
I recently met a new acquaintance (who shall remain nameless) that works in an agency (also nameless) that supplies water to a medium-sized metropolitan area (let’s call it “Somewhere, WA”). Over coffee, where I traded my stories in freshwater research for theirs from the convoluted hallways of freshwater management, I was surprised to learn that per capita use of water has dramatically declined in many urban areas over the last 20 years, largely a result of conservation programs telling us “No, brown lawns are in this year!” Continue reading
Some of the ‘Early Career Ecologists’ at the Ecological Society of America Conference in Portland. Clockwise from back row: Andrew, Bill, Mike, Sarah, Helen, and Kelly. What a great bunch!
By Sarah Bisbing
As early career scientists, we are busy, busy, busy. Our many tasks include (but are not limited to): teaching, fieldwork, lab work, coursework, studying for prelims, analyzing data, publishing papers, attending conferences . . . shall I go on? Man, we’re a busy bunch – a bunch so caught up in our own to-do lists that we fail to acknowledge that there are non-academic, un-sciencey things that will benefit us in the long run. What I’m about to say is no secret, but for some reason this crucial career move is often left unspoken amongst academics – NETWORKING IS KEY. The relationships you take the time to build now will truly benefit you AND your career in the long run. Continue reading