Today we have a guest post from Mary Jane Epps, post-doc and chief beetle wrangler at Your Wild Life. Recently, Mary Jane has begun investigating the associations between beetles and humans, particularly within human dwellings, including the remains of homes in ancient Egypt.
Back in March I accompanied our urban ecology team on a trip to New York City to study the effects of Superstorm Sandy on urban arthropods. Admittedly as a natural historian who feels more at home in the hills of Appalachia than in the urban jungle, I did not anticipate that New York City would be a bastion of wild nature. However, one of the wonderful things about nature is that it can be found everywhere, and after my trip I had to consider that the nature found in New York City is not only wild, but may be among the most ecologically consequential.