Ecology

The Once and Future Chestnut Tree

Jan 16, 2020

By Lane Scher The American chestnut tree used to be the most common tree throughout the entire eastern United States, from Alabama to Massachusetts. The trunk could grow to be 10 feet across with branches that stretched 100 feet tall. The trees were fast-growing and the wood was strong. It had so many uses in […]

Humpback Whales Top Tracks

Dec 19, 2019

By Emma Joy Goldberg Today’s top pop music charts include tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish.  But what if I told you that just like humans, humpback whales have their own top hits? Yes, you read that correctly! Male humpback whales have been dubbed the “serenaders of the sea” and […]

Figs and wasps: Name a more iconic duo

Nov 21, 2019

By Lane Scher In 350 BC, Aristotle wrote about wasps crawling out of ripe figs and then tunneling into the figs of another tree in his book, History of Animals. This might have been the first record of the bizarre mutualism between wasps and figs.  Flowers need to be pollinated for a fruit to develop. […]