Citizen Scientists

Millennial Insights on Trump Era Science and Conservation

 Millennial Insights on Trump Era Science and Conservation

On November 10, 2016, as Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, I hosted an informal brownbag lunch to discuss the impacts of the presidential election on science and conservation. Unsurprisingly, a crowd of mostly millennials packed our Boston office conference room.

The Role of Science in The Trump Era

 The Role of Science in The Trump Era

This week the Electoral College confirmed Donald Trump as our next president. The election of a demagogue profoundly threatens our nation’s ability to produce sound science. And it creates a particularly pressing problem because of the many things Trump’s election isn’t changing—such as how nature works, and our human fundamental needs for survival.

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons, and people.

Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

 Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

When I began to study wolves and their prey as a scientist, I used VHF and GPS collars, but also turned to traditional wildlife tracking