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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.

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

In the mid-1940s, American conservationist and wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold articulated his now-famous land ethic statement, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.

Rewilding the shortgrass prairie

 Rewilding the shortgrass prairie

Before European settlers came to North America, bison migrations were essential to the annual renewal of shortgrass prairie ecosystems, says EarthWatch chief scientist Cristina Eisenberg. By nipping off grasses, fixing nitrogen in the soil, and churning up the earth, their passage kept grasslands across parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho functioning smoothly.