Environment

The Art of Ecological Restoration on Santa Cruz Island

The large fabric print hanging on the west wall of the dining room of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve research station caught my eye immediately. A tangle of creatures drawn in detailed black covered the white background, intertwining in almost
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Evolutionary Ecology on California’s Galapagos

Sunday, October 24th. Our reservations for the trip to Prisoners Harbor on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island had been made months ago. But the weather during the past week had forced Island Packers, the commercial concessionaire that provides
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More Ecological Explorations at the Edge of the Continent

October 2021. In my last story posted here I described my ecological explorations in the San Francisco Bay area in June during a writing residency at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, right on the San Andreas Fault at
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Ecological Explorations at the Edge of the Continent

June 2021. At about the time the coronavirus pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, I was preparing my application for a writing residency at the Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, California. It was an exciting opportunity I had
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Planting Chestnuts at Sky Meadows

March 22, 2021. It was a beautiful morning as I drove west on I-66 and turned north toward Sky Meadows State Park. From the Crooked Run Valley, the meadows sweep up to the old farm and on toward the ridge
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A Decade of American Chestnut Restoration on Timber Lane

September 2020. In my last story posted here, A Decade of Monarchs and Milkweeds, I described how a decade ago, just as I was leaving a job at an international consulting firm where I had worked for about five years
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A Decade of Monarchs and Milkweeds

September 2020. This September marked ten years since I left a job at a consulting firm where I had worked for about five years and restarted the independent consulting business I’d first started in 1994. I wrote about that in
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Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere

The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our
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The View From Cascade Head

Lessons from the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast To be released by Oregon State University Press in October 2020. Book Description from the OSU Press Catalogue Cascade Head, on the Oregon Coast between Lincoln City and Neskowin, has stunning ocean
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More Fun and Philosophy in the Andrews Experimental Forest

In my last story posted here, “Explorations in Oregon’s Andrews Experimental Forest,” I described some adventures during a two-week residency in October, 2019. My opportunity to be there was thanks to the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the
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