Celebrating spring: Silent starts and geological finds

Objectives: infusing geological and natural history themes into a narrative of experiences living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (US), rock collecting along the shores of Lake Superior during the very start of spring.

Spring’s onset on Lake Superior shores begins not with photosynthesis or trophic food web transformations, but with the geological processes inherent to establishing land.


The weight of the world 

(considering the construct of anthropogenic landscape features compared to those of natural sources, i.e., the topic of people and nature.) [circa May 2010]

Life’s toll isn’t often outwardly expressed in most people. It cannot be found in someone’s pockets, nor their shoulder bags. Faces can be masks, and words equally meaningless. That is because the things most heavy – well, people pick them up and bring them along, as it is it often seems. If their arms grow too weary, they shift the weight to their hips, or sling it upon their backs. Sometimes they can toss it off to the side, but for the most part they end up with their burdens. Somewhere, however, there is a distinction between those things which can, under any semblance, be brought along and those things too heavy. (more…)

Oh, the places we go!

advice if considering moving abroad,

with a US perspective on Euro- Scandinavian culture,

scattered with a couple other countries


When one moves to another country, it is often advisable to check it out in advance via talking with people, reading books, watching videos and referencing online resources. It can help to understand, at least in a very generalized manner, what to expect of the culture.  (more…)

How should we measure fungal diversity?

(a quick review of Frøslev et al. 2019)

That methodologies are complementary – and not competitive – in science is important to keep in mind, but often viewed more in terms of one “being the best”. However, the scientific method depends upon the assurance of results across methodologies and studies, so why denigrate others’ research that does not follow one’s own methods? Isn’t that contrary to what we should do? And let’s be honest: the more research that is conducted, the more jobs that there are for research, and the more scientists that are employed. This apparent discrepancy between science-in-theory versus science-in-action has been a topic of interest to me since my PhD years.


How it can feel to have to leave a country [for the second time] (“IMMIGRATION 101”)

Having lived in Oslo, Norway before, and then to have returned, though only for a small period (during which one’s attempts failed for longer-term work via career advancement), to thus have to leave for a second time, creates an opportunity to describe one person’s experience of international moving, alone, and only for work. Consider this, perhaps, as a topic in a class on “Immigration 101”, subtopic academia, subtopic science, subtopic research.

Leaving, again? It is easier the second time. (more…)