Climate and weather: Is this the new normal?

Over the past week or so, I saw headline after headline reporting on extremes: heat waves in the Arctic, in England, in Japan. Wildfires in California and across Europe, including the Arctic circle. Drought in Australia. Extreme summer weather conditions around the world have suddenly become high-profile news, and none of it is encouraging.   It made … Continue reading Climate and weather: Is this the new normal?

From canals to carp–a book about the Great Lakes

I wanted to share a quick post about a book I finished reading this week, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. In 2017, Milwaukee journalist Dan Egan wrote a compelling "un-natural history" of the Great Lakes, chronicling the shifting relationship modern human society has built with these giant inland seas. Balancing stories of … Continue reading From canals to carp–a book about the Great Lakes

The rhythms of life–biological clocks and a new season

We're almost midway through the semester at my university. It's a busy time for students and professors alike: assignments, exams, and projects seem to pile up... and so we all anticipate a few days of welcome respite during the upcoming fall break. Meanwhile, the days shorten, the leaves fall, the insects quiet down, and festive … Continue reading The rhythms of life–biological clocks and a new season