We have Sitophilus as pets

Attention students! If you have published a paper in which you have studied the natural history of a pest, a paper you think is elegant, transformative, or just cool, you can enter it here to win a prize of $500. This money is for students only, though if you are a faculty member and have done interesting work on the natural history of pests we want to hear from you too (you just won’t get any money). And, if you have some money you want to donate, in order to support students doing this important work, work that has so long gone undone, you can donate here.

By | 2017-06-26T14:26:23+00:00 February 20th, 2017|

The Wild Lives of Gutters

As a rule of thumb, we like to assume that if a surface exists, there’s something (or many things) living on it. These “things” are microscopic organisms – bacteria, fungi, protists, and even archaea – and they’re all very hard at work turning dead things anew into life, or even turning the nutrients in air into bits and pieces of their cells. We smell the presence of these workings, but forget to consider the thriving life forms it bespeaks.

By | 2017-02-09T13:35:19+00:00 February 9th, 2017|

The Syrians and Iraqis at Your Dinner Table

Each detail of our daily lives has a history and, just as with any history, it is a history we would do well to learn from. Consider the biology of your dinner table. Your table itself is Syrian or Iraqi as is most of the food on it.

By | 2017-06-26T14:28:31+00:00 January 28th, 2017|

Sourdough Stories: Patty Ellis

We will begin a series of sourdough stories wherein we highlight the oral history that accompanies many different sourdough starters. For many, this starter becomes [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:43+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|

Updating the Species Scape

This post was written by Clint Penick & Magdalena Sorger As the world’s entomologists gather in Orlando this week for the International Conference of Entomology [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:43+00:00 September 25th, 2016|

A Letter to the New Students of Vassar

[Rob has been invited to Vassar to talk to the entering class of students about his book The Wild Life of Our Bodies, but also [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:43+00:00 July 24th, 2016|

The Wild Life of Columbus

The untold story of the species that stowed away on Columbus’s ship and how they have since changed the world. Columbus sailed to the Caribbean [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:43+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|

Announcement: 6 to 100 Hires in Public Science

[Positions listed at the end of this post] By the time the potato murrain arrived in Ireland scholars had already begun to explain its cause: a blight, a water mold. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:43+00:00 September 24th, 2015|

The First National Inventory of All Household Life (on a swab)

In dust one can record the actions of storms, the wearing of mountains, the consequences of industrialization. The study of dust has a long history. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 August 25th, 2015|