First grade gratitude takes the sting out of winter

From toddlers to retirees, my motto is that the science bug can bite you at any age, and so its never too early to start getting young scientists out into the field exploring nature! Boston Public Schools teacher Naomi Mulvihill agrees, and that’s why we were both so jazzed to work together this fall to plan a Marine Science Center field trip for Naomi’s first graders from the Sarah … Continue reading First grade gratitude takes the sting out of winter

The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Greetings fellow smallfolk. Well here we are, Season 6, several Starks shorter and Lannisters lighter since last we spoke. Winter is, for all intents and purposes, actually here (thanks for the nightmares, child zombies!) and life looks pretty bleak on both sides of the Narrow Sea. The only thing we can trust is George R.R. Martin’s eternal power to crush our hopes and dreams like … Continue reading The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Sand, Sharks, and Shearwaters

A couple weeks ago, Revere Beach held its 12th annual International Sand Sculpting Festival, which if you haven’t been, is a festival definitely worth a visit. You can watch professional sand artists creating beautiful, elaborate, very large sculptures using nothing but sand and water. Plus there are food trucks (an impressive lineup), vendors giving out free stuff, live bands, and fireworks. I learned this year … Continue reading Sand, Sharks, and Shearwaters

The Biology-Art Intersection

Art is something I’ve always loved almost as much as biology. If I hadn’t been a biology major in college, I probably would have been an art major, and it is the fusion of the two that I like in particular: the realistic artwork of plants, animals, other living creatures, and their environments. There is something I especially enjoy about drawing plants and animals, because … Continue reading The Biology-Art Intersection

Caught in the Act: Uptake this!

Marine Ecology students presented the results of their research projects yesterday, and as always, non-traditional presentations were encouraged. Highlights included candy quadrat surveys, a skit demonstrating the pitfalls of field research in the rain and my favorite (although I am biased): a rap about nutrient uptake by the seaweed Fucus vesiculosus, to the tune of MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. Here is a video of the rap … Continue reading Caught in the Act: Uptake this!