Declines in insect biomass

I had a surreal conversation with my (conservative) uncle this Christmas. It went a little like this: Me: A study in Germany this year showed a large decline in insect biomass…75% over the past thirty years or so (Hallmann et al 2017, open access). We call it the “windscreen effect“, where when you used to […]

Some photos from a short trip to the US

Over Christmas, I visited the US and traveled around to see a few friends and family members. Here are some of the photos I liked from that trip! Queen Anne’s Lace in winter Juvenile Red tail American football Tyson! Sometimes I like to let my niece play with my camera…this is a beautiful selfie she […]

Holidays through a child’s eyes

I shared (nervously) my camera with my seven year old cousin and my ten year old niece this holiday and it was actually a great opportunity to spend time with them and also to see my family through their eyes.  I wanted to share some of these photos with you (even though they are technically […]

The conundrum of the Get Well Soon card

This week, an old friend contacted me that a mutual friend, his grandfather (whom he calls Jadek in the traditional Polish fashion) was in the hospital. His Jadek and I had only met a few times, but I loved him…as my old friend says, he never did meet a stranger in his whole life. The […]

Kids say the darnedest things

I was visiting my family a few weeks ago and staying with my aunt and uncle and their adorable almost-two-year-old, little River. River is at the stage where she is learning to talk and she handily repeats everything that is said to her (my subtle influence, “I love trees!” and she obediently responds “I love […]