Queen of the Metas — an excerpt from my Master’s Thesis

From the end of October through December, I practiced techniques in harvesting and incubating eggs of the flamboyant cuttlefish, scientifically known as Metasepia pfefferi, or in our lab simply known as “metas.” Carefully lifting low-hanging rocks and checking under the smooth, vaulted surfaces of shells, I’d find clutches of a dozen eggs, give or take […]

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Contrasting Landscapes: From Safari to Sea in South Africa

Safari through the Sub Saharan I sat wobbling from side to side in the farthest back row of an open-air van as it made its way down the rocky dirt path into Pilanesberg National Park. Tori Caba, a close friend and fellow naturalist and conservationist whom I had met in college through our shared marine […]

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Meditations in nature

“Everyone of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it” -Thich Nhat Hanh To some, meditation may feel unaccessible. It’s a practice that often seems too time consuming, too difficult or unfamiliar, or maybe it just seems impossible simply because a quiet mind is a foreign concept. But truthfully, meditation […]

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5 benefits of spending time in nature

I think everyone can benefit from getting outdoors a little more, so this week I’m doing exactly that. I’m hiding away on Hog Island in Maine for a nature writing retreat. As I go into this week with a blank notebook, a pen, and an open-mind, I’m already beginning to think of all the benefits […]

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A Snowy Walk Through Wolf Hill

Wolf Hill Preserve Smithfield, RI   Silence. A gentle breeze snakes through the trees. Pine needles tickle each other, creating rustling all around. Birds sing in the distance. I’m reminded that the modern world is not far as the sound of the natural symphony is cut by the sound of a plane overheard.     […]

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Hiking trails I hit this June

If there’s anything you should put before yourself it’s the planet, and there are so many different ways to do this. At times it may be hard to see why the little steps you take make a difference to the big picture, but think of it this way: If every person did at least one […]

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Can’t handle the heat? Step away from the STEM

Being a woman is hard, and being a woman in the sciences is even harder. As a young girl who played in creeks, explored tide pools, and tried to save abandoned baby animals, I had no idea that challenges I would face as I pursued a career that followed those young interests. Through college I […]

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