Spider Claus is coming to town: climate change and giant spiders

It’s Christmas morning, and if you’re like many people, Santa left you all sorts of lovely presents under the tree. Toys for the kids, slippers for dad and a “back massager” for mom (true story). But if you’re a Jew like me, instead of a Santa bringing you a sack of gifts hand-wrapped in his … Read more Spider Claus is coming to town: climate change and giant spiders

The Future is Paradise to Parasites

Being a biologist, there are very few things that disgust me. When we find road kill, biologists don’t think “oh gross,” or “oh sad,” we think “oooh, can I dissect that?” and then later “what diseases could I catch from dissecting that?” and much later “wow, I didn’t realize the pancreas could get that infested … Read more The Future is Paradise to Parasites

The ocean is a fruit cake or why pollution is so delicious

As we move into the holiday season, many of us are giddily making plans for the food that we’ll be stuffing down our gullets. Turkey or Tofurkey? Christmas ham or vegan seitan? Fruit cake, gingerbread, cranberry sauce, persimmon jam, sweet cheese and heavy cream…hungry yet? Or feeling nauseous? I for one, am ready to get … Read more The ocean is a fruit cake or why pollution is so delicious

The Trouble with Truffles: the effect of climate change on good taste

Being married to a food writer, you would think that at the end of the day our two jobs would have little in common. Of the two of us (me climate change blogger, he professional epicurean), you would think that I would run into far harsher criticisms and accusations of conspiratorial and delusional thinking. But … Read more The Trouble with Truffles: the effect of climate change on good taste

Corpses, Cadaver bugs and Climate Change

When I started taking classes in Biology, I had my eyes on becoming a doctor. I signed up for all of the appropriate intro classes, started researching medical programs and considered different volunteer opportunities to get into medical establishments. Then I got to Anatomy and Physiology, where we had to dissect all sorts of animals: … Read more Corpses, Cadaver bugs and Climate Change

House hunters: the climate change edition

As part of my job, I’m required to go to conferences on climate change and education. This is always fun—who doesn’t love breaking away from the office?—but also sometimes rather shocking. I actually choked on my coffee at a recent talk when a presenter declared that Massachusetts was the most energy efficient state in the … Read more House hunters: the climate change edition

Climate Change and Clownfish Incest: the future could be way weird

We’re about to hit another election, and the media is ablaze with political rhetoric. I’m an avid, maybe rabid, consumer of politics. Ask me anything about who’s running, why they’re running, which spirit animal they follow (this is Berkeley after all), and I can recite it by heart. I watch debates with the Politifact Twitter … Read more Climate Change and Clownfish Incest: the future could be way weird

The Future Stings: jelly fish in a changing world

Being married to a food writer has exposed me to every type of food this planet has to offer. I’ve eaten larvae tacos, fish air bladders and thousand year old eggs whose packaging touts “now lead-free!” Want to know how to cook a tarantula? Fish sperm? Tuna Jell-O? We’ve got a cookbook for that. While … Read more The Future Stings: jelly fish in a changing world