Film Reflection: Africa

One of BBC Earth’s TV miniseries, Africa features the staples of intensive camera work and David Attenborough. The six-episode series released in 2013 travels between the Kalahari Desert, eastern savanna, Congo rainforest, southern Cape, Sahara, and a thematic episode focused on conservation and Africa’s future. African wildlife and wilderness are full of jungle and safari…

Book Reflection: “The Practical Naturalist” by Chris Packham

Your favorite civilian natural science book comes with prerequisites: vivid photos from altocumulous clouds to decomposition fungi, key hiding spots of small insects and charismatic critters, and nontechnical but curiosity-provoking descriptions of ecological concepts–all of which fill The Practical Naturalist. Edited by Chris Packham and written by a team of scientists, this book is detailed…

Views of Lake Fort Smith Part II: Scientist

There’s a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there’s an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It…becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows…

Book Reflection: “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”

The American chestnut tree,¬†Castanea dentata, was one of the first biological icons to be virtually vacated from an integral position in both the environment and American society. We knew little about accidental imports of exotic species, and the introduction of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica¬†spurred the discussion and action. I was fascinated with the topic when…