In November 2017, my husband and I were able to visit Peru for 10 days. We spent four days in the Peruvian jungle down-river from the town of Puerto Maldonado. As I have thought about the trip, it has been difficult to narrow down to five of my favorite things. It is really a fantastical place and has so many aspects to enjoy.Read More My Five Favorite Things about the Peruvian Jungle
In 2005, Oregon declared Metasequioa, or the Dawn Redwood, the official state fossil. It was thought that the Metasequoia went extinct. However, a tree was discovered in China in the 1940’s. The rediscovery and reintroduction of the living tree to Oregon is an exciting tale of intrigue worthy of Indiana Jones including sacred shrines, wars, revolutions, and treks through exotic lands.Read More An Expedition to Return a Living Fossil to Oregon
As a biologist, I am trained (and train my students) to answer, ”We want to save it to increase biodiversity.” But what does that really mean when looking at the cost of trying to save an ugly, seemingly useless weed?Read More Do we really need this weed?
More than 1.25 million people in America have Type I diabetes and it is estimated that more than 40,000 persons will be newly diagnosed this year. When my mother was diagnosed at the age of 70, we were over-whelmed with the amount of information coming at us including the biology of diabetes, the symptoms, and […]Read More An Introduction to Type 1 Diabetes : Short and Sweet
As I prepared for work on Friday morning, I made sure to choose my “good” underwear. In case a paramedic saw it. In case I was shot in front of my class. As I thought that, I realized, “This is not normal, not healthy. What am I doing?” My first week of classes began as […]Read More Not Brave Enough to Be a College Instructor in 2018
We have been devastated by the start and rapid growth of a fire within the Columbia Gorge. As many of us will see the blackened trees and scorched earth, I would love to see Oregonians again stand-up and organize a reclamation program for the Columbia Gorge.Read More “The smoke was so dense, it blocked out the sun.”
My most recent blog! It’s a pep talk from a biologist! When your egg and sperm purposefully came together to make you “you,” you became a unique and beautiful potential!Read More A Biologist’s Pep Talk: Your Amazing Conception
From a biologist’s point of view, skin color is just an adaptation that showed up long ago to help people survive in different environments. All of us, red or yellow or black or white, we came from the same ancestors, so are genetic cousins.Read More The Color of Our Skin from a Biologist’s Perspective
After spending 6 hours on site, I found three bones: a frog femur and pelvis, and a spine from a stickleback fish. These were tiny and a bit underwhelming for any common observer, but I felt like I had won the jackpot!Read More The Bones in the Bog
Without anyone paying attention, the populations of these spiny critters have been shrinking.Read More Who cares about the porcupine?