Tag Archives: humans

Chlorpyrifos: Mr. Pruitt, the science has been reviewed

Dear Mr. Pruitt, I hope you can help me out here. I’ve been having trouble explaining your recent decision in favor of the pesticide chlorpyrifos while dismissing years of work by EPA scientists to my environmental toxicology students. This is a chemical that interferes with the normal processes of the brain causing both acute toxicity – […]

Urban landscapes, where even evolution is fast-paced

It is no surprise that we humans have a powerful effect on Nature. Not just the very large footprint we leave behind on the landscape, ocean life, and the atmosphere – but on life it self. As we increasingly become aware of how quickly at least some species can evolve in response to our heavy-handed […]

Make America Great Again?

Somewhere during the 2016 election night I read that voters wanted to turn back the clock to the days when they imagined our country was great. Greater than they consider it to be today; a 1950’s America. You know, the pre-Civil Rights America when a woman’s place was in the kitchen and the bedroom. The […]

Evolution is just warming up

There are many ways we influence evolution in contemporary time, or in our lifetime. While I have been focused on how we influence the process by way of the chemicals we use, life evolves in response to fishing, hunting, driving, and now there is evidence that life is evolving in response to climate change. No […]

Quote of the Day

This morning driving back from Boston, there was an NPR story about the right to home school. While explaining why homeschooling was a good thing, one of the students said that she was able to study “creationism and the science and biology of it.” Hmmm. As a scientist I have not waded into the creationism/intelligent […]