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Coastal Forager: Gardener’s bane, forager’s treasure
I've always been one of those terrible romantics who finds the white feathery tops of dandelions irresistible for making wishes. I've probably single-handedly doubled their population. Long-considered a delicacy in Europe, dandelions are the dread of gardeners because of their root systems, which run up to three-feet deep. In French the sunny weeds are known as dent de lion, which translates as "lion's tooth" and ...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of reading articles about animal consciousness. Now, after hours of research on the topic and two Harvard publications later, I still can’t come up with a good answer. Can a se...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Real-life sea dragons worthy of fantasy
I have recently taken up a new hobby. I had a collection of plain wooden stools, chairs and a small table, and had the idea to paint them each with the image of a sea creature. Around the legs of the stools I usually paint ranking seaweeds and the top is the canvas for whatever sea creature I have a mind to imagine there. I am not that good an artist that I could paint anything just from memory, so I look for a pi...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Science competition team tackles ocean acidification
Once again I find myself in classrooms at Kodiak Middle School talking about ocean acidification. The causes and background, the chemistry, and the effects on shell building animals and why it all matters for us in Kodiak are topics we discuss and explore with lectures and hands-on experiments. Due to a curriculum change I get to teach about ocean acidification in two grade levels this year; last year we learned a...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Student Science takes a look at Arctic Future
Last weekend was the statewide High School Ocean Science competition called the Tsunami Bowl. The competition is an annual event organized by the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and part of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Nineteen teams from around the State travelled to cold and snowy Seward to spend three days at the High School comparing their prowess in ocean scie...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Arctic is New International Frontier
This article was not written in Kodiak. This January, I have travelled far to the West and North to Tromso, the fifth largest town in Norway, to attend a conference called “Arctic Frontiers.” Upon arrival, we were greeted by subzero temperatures and a sparse but existent snow cover. It was the week of the sun’s return, and after months of semi-darkness the sun appeared for a few minutes as a large red ball between...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marine fungi: Forgotten ferocious feeders
I will refrain from complaining about the weather; you have probably heard enough of that lately. Standing in the pouring rain I was talking to a woman the other day. She said that with all the rain she was beginning to feel like a mushroom. What a delightfully optimistic point of view. A mushroom would probably appreciate the ongoing precipitation. Mushrooms are a group within the kingdom of the fungi. While we t...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra
As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco’s Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The annual gathering of Earth and space scientists attracted more than 20,000 of them to San Francisco in late December. Alaska’s tundra landscapes carpet a good portion of the state, from the North...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Causes for sea star wasting still a mystery
During the winter holidays we surround ourselves with the symbols of Christmas; snowflakes, lights, bells, evergreen trees and stars. Some of these season’s cheers have an obvious origin (snowflakes for winter time, and lights to give cheer to your local electric company), in others the symbolism is more complicated and relates to various traditions from around the world. I would love to know how many Kodiak famil...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Marine snow is food for deep sea life
When I took a leasurely walk this morning I admired the beautiful snow capped peaks of the mountains all around. This time of year people either talk about how they are glad that the snow is not yet impacting traffic or they wish for the fluffy stuff in anticipation of time spent crunching through a white wonderland, skiing, sledding, building snow figures or digging tunnels and piles. Scientifically, snow is noth...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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