Selected and Recent Articles and Essays
Extreme Survival: Managing the Deadly Cold
Simple steps reduce risk of frostbite and hypothermia — so let the freezing fun begin.
Science News for Students, January 12, 2015 Link
Wastewaster is Key to Reducing Nitrogen Pollution
Upgrading wastewater treatment plants can dramatically reduce a municipality’s nitrogen footprint
Scientific American, June 2, 2016 Link
Can Bats Reduce Nut Farmers’ Pesticide Use?
Ecologist Katherine Ingram is on a quest to quantify the economic benefit of insect-eating bats in walnut orchards.
Ensia, September 21, 2015 Link
Hundreds of hard-rock mines similar to the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado are disasters waiting to happen. It’s time for a serious overhaul of the 1872 mining law.
Men’s Journal, August 20, 2015 Link
New Math: Fail + Fail Again = Real Learning
Teachers increasingly urge students to risk failing as a route to ultimate success.
Science News for Students (teachers’ version), August 4, 2015
To Really Learn, Fail — Then Fail Again!
That ‘error’ in trial-and-error learning can be the ticket to learning well —and having fun.
Science News For Students, June 5, 2015
Renewables v. Reindeer
As public pressure builds to rid the Arctic of oil and gas development, proponents of renewable energy are being vilified as green colonialists by indigenous Sami people, especially reindeer herdsmen. Can Arctic clean energy be socially sustainable?
Beacon, February 4, 2015 Link
Conservation's New Math
Trying to figure out which landscapes will be most hospitable to a diverse mix of wild plants and animals as the climate warms is a Herculean task. Some scientists are betting that geology holds the ticket to biodiversity.
Beacon, January 16, 2015 Link
Making Green Building Mainstream
No longer a luxury, green architecture is meeting the looming challenges of population growth and climate change.
Beacon November 12, 2014
When Climate Change Comes After Even the Most Common Species
The northern bobwhite quail offers a window into efforts by scientists to protect landscapes, not just individual species.
PBS NewsHour October 13, 2014 Link
This article originally was published on Beacon Reader as part of the Bracing For Impact project. Link
Tag, you're it
Advances in radio and satellite tagging unveil the secret lives of animals
Science New for Students February 19, 2014
Creating New Gear to Help Humans Survive Arctic Odds
As more and more tourists and workers head to the thawing Arctic, technology is helping them suit up for the high north.
Popular Science February 11, 2014