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Agroecosystems, Illustrated

I didn’t set out to draw science comics; I wanted to be an all-around science communicator. I just happened to find my voice with comics.

August 26, 2014 — Katie McKissick

Hemlock Extinction Looms over Tennessee Forests

The branches of the massive eastern hemlock loom more than 30 meters above us, but instead of craning our necks to look up Tennessee state botanist Todd Crabtree draws our attention closer to the ground and the thumbprint-sized dot of yellow paint near the base of the tree.

October 11, 2013 — John R. Platt

If Apes Go Extinct, So Could Entire Forests

Bonobo poop matters. Well, maybe not the poop itself, but what's in it. You see, bonobos eat a lot of fruit, and fruit contains seeds. Those seeds travel through a bonobo's digestive system while the bonobo itself travels through the landscape.

March 11, 2015 — John R. Platt
Tropics Feel the Heat of Climate Change

Tropics Feel the Heat of Climate Change

Tropical ecosystems appear to be more sensitive to climate change and less able to store carbon – two developments surprising scientists

January 31, 2014 — Tim Radford and The Daily Climate

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