Anthony Pham has been awarded the IB Department’s Joseph LeConte Award in natural history for his work studying how the stress tolerance of Bradyrhizobium bacterial strains varies with their relative abundance in the nodules of gorse (Ulex europeaus), a European … Continue reading →
The weekend before Thanksgiving, we spent a morning exploring the Exploratorium. We especially enjoyed the Science of Sharing exhibit. Briana and Helen check out the Prisoner’s Dilemma. They got it right for the one-off: both defected. What happened when it … Continue reading →
Briana breezed through last week on her way to Alaska. She is enjoying a road trip before buckling down to graduate work. I think that this is a great idea, as it is harder to get away for long periods … Continue reading →
The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses! Pulses are legumes raised for their seed crop. They include lentils, dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas ( also known as garbanzo beans), lupini, and cowpeas, among other legume seed … Continue reading →
I really enjoyed reading the transcript of this interview of Richard Lewontin by David Sloan Wilson. They touched on the importance of humility as a scientific virtue, and in a rather indirect fashion, how the lack of it could influence … Continue reading →
After reading Stuart Pimm’s book review in Biological Conservation, in which he compared a fellow scientist to a whoring prostitute, which is a very gender-specific and woman-degrading metaphor, I wrote a letter (BiolCons 2014) to Book Review Editor Phil Cafaro, … Continue reading →
Helen passed her quals and is ready to embark on her research using bacterial microcosms to explore how the spatial arrangement of subpopulations affects the resilience of metapopulations to disturbance.