Citizen science – Many hands make research work

Read the full story in August issue of Alaska Beyond magazine. Seattle area resident Laura James spends many hours each year piloting an underwater exploration robot beneath Puget Sound waves to count sea stars, many of which are experiencing “sea-star wasting syndrome.” The syndrome, which has caused extensive die-offs from Alaska to Mexico, may start … Continue reading Citizen science – Many hands make research work

Tiny invisible bosses

“We are bulky ornaments on life’s skin, riding the surface, only dimly aware of the microscopic multitudes that make up the rest of the body,” From the book, The Forest Unseen, by David Haskell. Sometimes the scale of things makes all the difference. My microbes are invisible to my eyes, but increasingly important to how … Continue reading Tiny invisible bosses

My bacteria and yours – telling stories

Small pictures of the microbes growing in my own gut, and in my own house, are filling my mind with questions. Why do I have a higher percentage of a bacteria family called Firmicutes than other people? Why did my house have a higher percentage of plant-based material on our door sill than the other … Continue reading My bacteria and yours – telling stories