Friday, November 25, 2016

What is the world's largest urban area?

The Pearl River Delta in China

Sunday, November 20, 2016

On deck for the week ahead

Work on Population and Evolution Lecture (BIO225) lecture and start to make the exam.

Work on Ecology: need to write up two labs (quantifying diversity in our forest samples and cemetery demography), work on lectures

Think more about a study abroad plan (going to create a budget for...?)

Scholarship: need to think about the book and start busting a move 

Grants: dust off previous NSF proposal and polish

I think I'm caught up on letters of recommendation and no peer review  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Worries about Trump

I read a Facebook post that said we should write down our worries about the consequences of Trump's election. Excellent suggestion. The comment that followed was that 98% of these worries would not manifest. We'll see on 11/11/2017.

Health Insurance 
- 22 million Americans will go off insurance
- increased costs 
- increased suicides (because the mentally ill are not covered and not getting treated)

Climate change
- "business as usual" carbon emissions or increased
- reduction in research (which are pathetic now)
- coal coal coal

- more Hg in air and water (from burning coal)
- more overall pollution from decreased regs

Endangered Species
- lost protection

Public lands
- critical habitats sold off
- wilderness areas opened to development 

Basic Science
- reduction in NSF

- loss of funding
- if Ben Carson (supposedly writing Organ of Species - a creationist text on the brain) becomes Sec of Education - then... I don't know.. but something stupid. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ecology Field Trip Part 2: Webb's Mill Bog

On Sunday the ecology class took a trip to Webb's Mill Bog in Manchester Township, NJ. This was part of a weekend long trip to explore the coastal plan of NJ, including the shore. There is something very cool about bogs that remind me a primordial swamp. 

Sarracenia purpurea

White cedar swamp bog

Closer look at the bog - note the sandy bottom

Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides)

Inkberry (Ilex glabra)

Pitch pine with scorched bark

Highbush Blueberry

Ecology Field Trip Part 1: Rutgers Marine Field Station, dune, and saltmarsh

Last weekend we took a field trip with the ecology class to the Rutgers Marine Station in Tuckerton, NJ. This was a kind of homecoming for me. I was there September 20, 1990 as an undergraduate at Rutgers. The class was Marine Animal Ecology and after a night of helping a graduate student (now a section chief at NOAA), I was offered a beer and the student suggested I consider graduate school. So I turn nearly 30 years later with my own class hoping to inspire the next ecologist. 

We found lots of interesting plants, birds, invertebrates, and fish. 

Late afternoon in a Spartina marsh

Spartina and Salicornia virginica 

Late afternoon at the station

Ensis directus

Geukensia demissa

Atlantic surf clam, Spisula solidissima

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron (above and below as well)

Greater Yellowlegs 

Great Egret

Peregrine Falcon

Seining with a 100' seine in the Mullica River-Great Bay Estuary

The station

Tidal creek bounded by Spartina alterniflora

Solidago sempervirens (Seaside Goldenrod), phragmites,
and Ammophila breviligulata (beach grass)

Close up of dune

Spartina patens 
Sandy beach