By Kelly Finan - Rattling My Bones Dripping with cultural history and utterly unique, the objects cradled in Connor Stedman’s excited hands burned with sentimental value. Their glow reflected in Connor’s eyes and didn’t flicker for an instant upon the delivery of my first question. “So, what are they?” To the untrained eye, they were… Continue reading What’s in Your Backpack?
by Liz Brownlee “Wait until you see the accuracy of our plot,” calls the lab team. The four undergraduates burst with pride, oblivious to the prickling raspberries and thick brush that edge the Intervale forest. They stop me midstride. As their lab teacher, I’m fully equipped with aerial maps, GPS, first aid kit, phone, and… Continue reading Young Scientists Plot for Smart Urban Forestry
by Liz Brownlee The roots stretch high into the sky – ten feet, maybe fifteen. Soil hangs midair, clinging to the roots. A tiny white pine sits in the depression, reaches for the warm, gaping hole in the forest canopy. The red maple once towered ninety feet tall, spreading its arms wide into the canopy. … Continue reading New Life Storms into the Forest
by Liz Brownlee UVM Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning (FNEP) students sat down with Dr. Norman Myers this week for a casual conversation. He is on campus this week for multiple talks, including a “Gund Institute Tea” this Friday. We bantered back and forth about biodiversity, social engagement, and the future of the planet. Dr.… Continue reading A Conversation with Norman Myers