Author Archives: Emily

How the application of evolution can save lives

Below is an excerpt from recent piece published in Aeon Magazine, about how the application of evolution and ecology in medicine can help save lives. In this case through the use of phage therapy.  She was only 22 years old, but her attending doctor in Texas was running out of options. The sticky substance coating […]

PCBs: Mr. Pruitt, thank you for your interest

Dear Mr Pruitt, I see you have finally taken an interest in the environment. What with your recent decree to give yourself the last word on waterways sidestepping the input of those know-nothing environmental scientists, to your ardent interest in Superfund sites inserting yourself as the final decider on any site costing more than $50 […]

In lieu of Toxic Tuesday, Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Since it is Friday, and heading towards spring, I’ll stick with the positive. Like, I won’t dwell on the administration’s recent pick of Peter C. Wright, the Dow Chemical lawyer, a guy who, according to the NYT has advised Dow on Superfund cleanups, for a key Superfund position (there’s got to be some clever joke that combines […]

Toxic Love, State style

Here is a little toxic love. For the past few weeks, as I wrote earlier I’ve been depressing my ecotoxicology students with the state of the, well, toxic state. So I was happy to learn about how individual states are now picking up the slack to protect their citizens. It’s true that states can set […]

Toxic Tuesday: Tracker Edition

Bad news sells, and I am just as guilty as those who fill our news feed with murder, mayhem and whatever’s happening in D.C. But I tend to focus on the toxic stuff (the real toxic stuff not the trendy stuff like: toxic love, toxic bosses and toxic work places). The stuff that ought to […]

One Year later, Again.

One year later, still need the hat. Maybe even more so. ***************************************** Below is a collection of images from scientists who marched somewhere in the country on January 21, 2017. I had asked for a photo and a few words. Thank you to all who contributed. It’s nice to be in such good, positive company, […]

Vaccines save lives

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
I wondered what ever happened to Trump’s so-called Commission on Vaccine Safety proposed last year around this time. Fortunately the commission which seemed geared up to call vaccine safety into question (headed as it would have been by vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr, seems to have stalled…