For many years, scientists have used forest maps to focus their predictions about where these itchy caterpillars might spread. But, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the PPM doesn’t actually need forests. It just needs trees, and it’s willing to accept the ones in the front yard, thank you very much.
I can expect this encounter to go one of two ways. This is a woman with an insatiable appetite for learning, whose scholastic intrigue cannot keep her from asking me what I am doing, OR she is a slightly disgruntled neighbor. She is the latter.
Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
What would be the easiest citizen science project ever? Watching paint dry? Falling off a log? Maybe. But what would you, or anyone else, learn from that? We are starting a citizen science project almost [...]
Say you are on a road trip. You fall asleep, head lodged against the (hopefully passenger side) window. The last thing you see before drifting off is a string of stores: Starbucks, Target, Bed Bath [...]
A spider in the family Anyphaenidae has made its home on a twig infested with scale insects. Photo: Emily Meineke, Harvard University I think by now most people accept that we can’t hope [...]
Climate change is generally considered bad for people, earth’s biomes, and, of course, polar bears. But as the climate warms will all critters suffer? Will they all be affected the same way? No. In addition [...]
This is a guest post from our former student (now postdoc at Harvard) Emily Meineke. Through years of studying urban trees and the insects that eat them, we, the Frank lab, have discovered that warming [...]
Gloomy scales on red maple. Photo: AG Dale We have studied the effects of urban warming and other factors on tree pests and tree health for several years. The gist of it is [...]
Some of NCSSM's award winners at the 2016 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair. From NCSSM http://www.ncssm.edu/news/2016/04/04/2016-regional-science-fair-winners Congratulations to Kimberly Andreassen for winning the Biological Science division of the North Carolina Science and [...]