Environmental Changes. Landscapes. People. Forests. Organisms. History. Life on Earth.

This blog is about our changing planet. Changes happening now — like climate change, loss of species, declining resources — and changes that have happened in the past — from climate change, people, and evolution.

I’m writing for students in my classes, friends, family, and anyone else who is interested.  So, let me know what you think … I’m sure I’ll be changing this all around along the way.

Costa Rica page — archives of stories about my recent (Spring 2012) six-week sabbatical trip working with colleagues on reforestation in the Monteverde region to support bird habitat.  It also includes stories from trips that I’ve taken with college students to Costa Rica in January … we’ll be returning in 2013!  I’ve got more photos on a tumblr blog if you want to take a look.

Here are some of the more relevant posts about my Spring 2012 sabbatical trip:

  1. Back to Costa Rica!
  2. Two sides of a mountain
  3. Hot day of fieldwork with the birds
  4. Where do all the trees for reforestation come from?
  5. Steps toward successful reforestation

Environmental Change page — my writings on this incredibly broad topic, including climate change, habitat alteration, biodiversity loss, etc…

Biodiversity page — writings about our search for new species, the current decline in biodiversity today, and the evolution of life on our amazing Earth.

Quick BIO: I’ve been an Associate Professor at Westfield State University since 2004, where I teach biology and environmental science. Although I tend to study forests I’m interested in a lot of other things too, especially how ecosystems change over time as a result of both human and natural causes.  In the past I’ve worked at the Harvard Forest and the Kellogg Biological Station, two research sites in the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) system.  My graduate degrees (PhD and MS) are both in Ecology from the University  of Minnesota.  I’ve also spent a good amount of time working on how to improve science teaching with other college instructors and K-12 teachers.

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