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Culturing Science

City Trees Grow Faster, But Seedlings Struggle to Take Root

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Urban areas are growing in size–and with them, the number of trees influenced by city life. While development often leads to deforestation, there are still a significant number of trees growing in the shadow of cities. According to a report released in 2000, 2.8% of tree canopy cover in the U.S. is in cities, and [...]

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Culturing Science

Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites

Urban house sparrows nest with cigarette butts.

The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds’ nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife. But a new study suggests that some birds may benefit from nesting with cigarette butts. The nicotine lingering in filters may [...]

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Culturing Science

Urban ecology doesn’t have enough humans in it

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When you read the word “nature,” what do you think of? Maybe you imagine a dark wood with sunlight reaching a mottled floor of foliage, thrushes singing and chipmunks hopping. Maybe you peer through grassy dunes at sanderlings running back and forth in the surf , occasionally halting to frantically peck at the sand. Or [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Sports and Sharks – James Jones and South Florida youth go deep for science outreach

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NBA Player James Jones, formerly with the Miami Heat, is spending time with the youth he serves through his foundation tagging sharks. Yes! TAGGING. SHARKS! DOING SCIENCE! And having a ball. They spent the day on a research boat with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program affiliated with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Appreciating Bees

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Now is the time to get outdoors and experience what the world has to offer. One thing that you can keep in mind is that there are insects everywhere, including our back yards! A simple past time that you can enjoy alone, with a group, or with your family is taking a step outdoors and [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: The New Face of STEM

African-American Students at a microscope

They ask me what I do and who I do it for. Them. These were some of the students I had the pleasure of sharing science with when I was an NSF GK12 Fellow at Normandy Senior High School. Students in the classroom doing hands on science lessons studying microbes under a microscope. Students outdoors [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Tanzanian Horizons over the Indian Ocean

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Seeing the Indian Ocean was so breathtaking.  I kept thinking to myself, I’m in Africa! I’m in Africa! and seeing the Indian Ocean is one of those surreal moments you just want to pause and savor and lucidly remember forever. ****************** Enjoying the Dispatches from Tanzania updates?  Then, you might also want a postcard from [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Pollinators

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June 18-24, 2012 is Pollinator Week. Join me is raising awareness of the importance of pollinators our ecosystems.   How well do you know your bees? Take this quick and see: Bee Identification.    

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The Urban Scientist

Pollinators Make the Word Go Round

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Whether you realize it or not, but pollinating animals like bees, flies, beetles, butterflies, birds,  and even many mammals are are vital to our delicate ecosystem.  These animal pollinate the flowers of grasses and trees and crops that not only support agriculture but also terrestrial wildlife. June 18-24, 2012 is International Pollinator Week. Originally posted [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Black & Green, the New Integration – 5 Names in Urban Ecology you should know

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The older I get and the more ‘seasoned’ I become in this science outreach arena, I come to believe more and more that role models matter. In each person there is the capacity to grow and prosper and for many people, this tenacity to thrive cannot be denied, no matter the circumstances presented to them. [...]

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