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Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Jun 18th, 2018

When I use a “carbon tracker” to calculate my CO2 emissions, I usually find that the amount of airplane travel is the largest annual contributor to my impact on the Earth’s...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Jun 7th, 2018

One of my more popular blogs, Lawn Gazing, was posted 29 June 2015 (http://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/gazing-at-your-lawn-on-a-summer-afternoon/), in which I suggested that our attention to a perfectly manicured lawn is...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu May 31st, 2018

This land where I travel once fashion with beauty now stands with scars on her face

The wide open spaces are closin’ in quickly from the ways of the whole...

Translational Ecology
Wed May 23rd, 2018

Controversy reigns at the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt with the help of Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), is proposing to censor some forms of science that have been...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu May 17th, 2018

Ecologists love species diversity.  But it remains a major conundrum why the highest diversity of plants is most often associated with nutrient-poor soils, rather than in the rich, fertile soils...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 8th, 2018

Most folks don’t realize it, but the roots of plants are connected underground by a vast network of fungi that improve the function of plant roots. The fungi exist in...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 30th, 2018

In response to Scott Pruitt’s efforts to lighten environmental regulations, I have blogged before about the importance of protecting small streams, see: http://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/waters-of-the-united-states/.  Now, new research reinforces the...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Apr 19th, 2018

During the past couple of years, I’ve met a lot of people in New England who are concerned about the new prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease.  Most of them...

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