Ye Older Bio Warefare: The effects of climate change on hallucinogens (Part 2)

Last week I talked about the effect of climate change on hallucinogens in the Solanacea family and their link to American colonial history. In the post, I commented on how living in New England, American colonial history is everywhere you walk, sit and breathe, and for some living in the area, it can end up … Read moreYe Older Bio Warefare: The effects of climate change on hallucinogens (Part 2)

Ye Olde Biowarfare: how climate change is affecting hallucinogens (Part 1)

Growing up in New England, you are living, breathing and eating American history. The place where you picnicked with your grandparents as a kid? That was the birthplace of the American Revolution. That graveyard you snuck into as a teenager on Halloween? That’s where Mother Goose is buried. That naked sex beach you “stumbled upon” … Read moreYe Olde Biowarfare: how climate change is affecting hallucinogens (Part 1)

The paradox of scientific research

Minda’s note: While I am hiking the Himalayan mountains this week, my friend and fellow scientist, Olivia Yu from UC Davis agreed to fill in for me.  She asks the paradoxical question: can ecologists also be environmentalists?  See below for her thoughts on the topic…. The paradox of scientific research by Olivia Yu [The purpose … Read moreThe paradox of scientific research

Chill out man: climate change and the future of marijuana

Moving to California, I learned quickly that everyone smokes pot here.  Everywhere.  All the time.  People smoke openly on their porches, walking down the street, even pulling their cars onto the highway (a little scary).  Our favorite bar doesn’t have a reserved area for cigarette smokers outside (cigarettes are so bad for you!!), they have … Read moreChill out man: climate change and the future of marijuana