Steminism Sunday: Dr. Ellie Sattler

Welcome to a new occasional series here on ye olde blog! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be a opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. To kick us off, paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler. Yes, yes, I know. Ellie Sattler is not an actual person: she’s a fictional character from the book and movie Jurassic Park. But Jurassic Park launched one of the most profitable...

What a Week!

Sometimes there are weeks where you work 8 hours a day every day and feel like you didn’t accomplish a single thing. This was not one of those weeks. This was one of those weeks when the stars align and projects that have been going on for years – in one case, over a decade – are suddenly… done. Which is amazing, but also a little weird? Monday: I completed copy edits for a new environmental science book, coming out Spring 2020 with Kids Can Press. It is both the hardest and the best thing I’ve ever written and...

A Sleighful of Science About Reindeer

No matter which winter holiday you celebrate, I wish you the very best of the season. For those raised in the Santa Claus tradition, here are some festive facts about reindeer! 1) Reindeer and caribou are the same species, Rangifer tarandus. Some people use the common name “reindeer” for the European subspecies, and “caribou” for the North American subspecies. Others prefer to use “reindeer” for domestic herds, saving “caribou” for wild herds. For our holiday purposes, I will stick with reindeer! 2) Yes, there ARE domestic herds! Reindeer herding has been practiced by Indigenous peoples across Europe and Asia for...