Nicholas School Blogs

Life in a Zodiac

  Zach and I spend most of our working days here at Palmer Station bobbing around whales in our […]

Birding Without Borders vs. Birding My Backyard

grey catbird and tiger swallowtail

Recently an adventurous spirit has captured my attention. Every day around noon, I log on to the Audubon website and look for the daily update from Noah Strycker, a 28 year old birder who is trying to see 5,000 species of birds in one year. Given that there are around 10,000 species, that means he aims to see half of all bird species in just 365 days. Exhausting? Yes. Crazy? Yes. Impressive? Yes. And he has inspired me to continue my birding and up my game.

Lessons from Hispaniola


  I took this photo looking out the back window of a jeep, snapping it hurriedly on my camera a […]

Restoration Innovation by Duke’s DEL-MEM Students

    It’s no secret that corals are in trouble.  They are dying at unprecedented rates from […]

It All Comes Out in the Wash?


"No-poo" has become a trending alternative to using commercial shampoos. People have many reasons for turning to alternative hair washing options, and one of these is the fact that most of our shampoo ingredients will eventually end up in the environment from either treated wastewater or biosolids. So I decided to try no-poo for myself, but the experience was less simple than I'd imagined.

Big Whale – Tiny Sample

  We can learn a huge amount about the whales we study from minute samples of skin and superfic […]

Afghanistan: Enforcement Issues

Facebook cover photo of the Kabul Police Headquarters.

Police forces all over the world have been in the news in the past few weeks, even in Afghanistan. A […]

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