Environment


Ant hills provide mulch
March 22, 2017

Ants can be annoying little insects. In your home, they make army-like lines to any crumbs on your floor. In your home’s frame, carpenter...

Gasparilla State Park, FL, wild sunflowers
March 15, 2017

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the...

Montreal urban agriculture
March 08, 2017

Montreal: Famous for its churches, carriage rides…and urban agriculture.

Yes, urban agriculture. Montrealers have cultivated not...

Sampling cereal rye in a winter wheat field
March 01, 2017

Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. For example, large-scale organic farming...

Canola field
February 22, 2017

When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area...

Collecting greenhouse gas samples from turf
February 08, 2017

Cranking up the lawn mower on a Saturday afternoon may be a child’s most dreaded chore. But little does he or she know that it also affects...

Red-eared slider with research assistant Darcy Lutes
January 25, 2017

Floating wetlands may seem odd but are perfectly natural. They occur when mats of vegetation break free from the shore of a body of water. That...

Collecting soil sample in a bottomland wetland forest, Mississippi Valley.
January 18, 2017

Huckleberry Finn wouldn’t recognize today’s lower Mississippi River. Massive walls separate the river from low-lying lands along the...

Collecting soil carbon data in field, New South Wales
January 11, 2017

The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts.

West Virginia Water Research Institute sample of Elk and Coal River sediment
January 04, 2017

Jennifer Weidhaas was teaching in West Virginia on January 9, 2014 when about 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into the Elk River. The concrete...