A set scene in the past: topics of spring; health and environmental toxicity; rural life; poverty

This post combines a set scene of daily life from a rural town (Chassell, Michigan, during the economic recession of the early 2000’s) to underlying topics in health and environmental toxicity. Spring and natural beauty can be contrasted to poverty, in terms of social impacts, and environmental toxicity from legacies of past mining booms.

Turtles are fairly common in the Upper Peninsula, however, they cross roads and lay eggs at times and locations that people are not aware of, hence, the threat to local populations (mostly through automobile traffic). Snowmobile trails, including those made from stamp-sand, can be nesting locations.

Sufjan Steven’s song Upper Peninsula is fairly depressing, melodramatic, but nonetheless sets the scene by capturing the destituteness and ramifications of rural poverty, in this case the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the early 2000’s. It was part of a compilation album by the artist on the state of Michigan, well-known for poverty, past automobile manufacturing, and natural lands perfect for snowmobiling, hiking and hunting. The artist’s goal was for the album was as a “metaphysical expedition through the idiosyncrasies of middle America….” For the purposes here, it serves as an alternative media source to offer in understanding the socioeconomic setting of what may be a far-away land and once-upon-a-time, resonating with rural poverty and impacts to health and the environment, which most likely is far more understandable than perhaps this particular location and the details associated with it. What it cannot demonstrate is that while a scene was set, the awareness of it and subsequent potential for future change cannot be yet seen, but can be used to motivate such change. (more…)

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I’m just sharing &/or advising, quickly.

One small step, one giant leap, it’s a work in process not to be solved in one generation: Dramatic Improvements and Persistent Challenges for Women Ecologists (2012)

Networks matter the most for support and success: Beyond Traditional Scientific Training: The Importance of Community and Empowerment for Women in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2016)

Speak up for yourself, because no one else will, and people cannot help but listen, and will rarely ask: Solving the Productivity and Impact Puzzle: Do Men Outperform Women, or are Metrics Biased? (2016)

Unequal success can result from unequal availabilities and experiences; we have concrete data on this, so things should be changing: Bridging the Gender Gap: The Demographics of Scientists in the USDA Forest Service and Academia (2015)

Field work, meetings — and ecology — aren’t the same thing for everyone. Stop blaming yourself, and be yourselfFeminist ecology: Doing, undoing, and redoing gender in science (2016)

And remember: it’s about being equal.