We’ve heard a lot about plastic pollution over the past few years. It’s hard to be on the internet these days without seeing a picture, video, or post about the amount of plastic going into the ocean. Or maybe Google has just tailored my news feed to highlight articles about plastic pollution. Either way, why… Continue reading Fishing Gear is the Plastic Problem No One’s Talking About
Author: Nicole Johnston
Why You Should Care About Methane
For many years, carbon dioxide has been considered the biggest problem regarding climate change. If you’ve been in the science community for years, or probably just in the world in general, you’ve probably heard of the problems with carbon dioxide. It’s a greenhouse gas that can lead to planet warming. There’s also the somewhat lesser-known… Continue reading Why You Should Care About Methane
Your Dog Can See a World Invisible to You
Have you ever been watching an animal, and it looks like they are seeing a whole world that you have never set eyes on? Maybe your dog suddenly darts a certain direction for some unknown reason, or you see a wild animal scratching at a seemingly empty stretch of dirt. Are they seeing something that… Continue reading Your Dog Can See a World Invisible to You
Is Planting Flowers Bad for the Environment?
My husband and I go for an early walk most mornings. It started at the beginning of the pandemic when we both started working from home. We walk over to the park near our home and back over about an hour. I love it, because it’s a chance for me to get some physical activity… Continue reading Is Planting Flowers Bad for the Environment?
Did We Help the Planet By Giving Up Plastic Straws?
In 2018 plastic straws started dominating social media feeds. Was a new cold drink taking the world by storm? Did everyone suddenly become food influencers snapping photos of their summer drinks while they were walking out of the local (or maybe chain) coffee shop? Not quite. Rather, the plastic straw became the new symbol for… Continue reading Did We Help the Planet By Giving Up Plastic Straws?
Bioluminescence or How Scientists Found the Giant Squid
I spent a summer pursuing research on Catalina Island off the coast of California while I was in college. The program leaders told us that if we filled a clear container with sea water off the dock at night and shook it, then the container would start glowing. Naturally, we decided to test this information… Continue reading Bioluminescence or How Scientists Found the Giant Squid
5 Living Things that Aren’t What You Think They Are
The world is full of a wide array of organisms from fish to frogs and from caterpillars to crows. Most of the time we can rely on our knowledge and intuition to loosely identify something that we see in the wild. It’s pretty easy to distinguish a worm from the cardinal getting ready to eat… Continue reading 5 Living Things that Aren’t What You Think They Are
I’m Nicole, and I’m your friendly, neighborhood scientist and nature lover. This website is the culmination of my love of talking about science with the world, but it goes back a bit farther than that. Since this is an introductory blog post though and not War & Peace, I’ll summarize. Let’s go back to the beginning…… Continue reading Hi there!