Nicholas School Blogs

Melting at the bottom of the Earth

Some of the ice sheets lost in Antarctica have been stable for up to 10,000 years; their loss is indicative of a new set of conditions, likely due to human activity.

Florida Manatees and Electric Plants

manatee, conservation, power plants

Erika sees hundreds of manatees at Tampa Electric.


Global warming may beget drastically more global warming, if we ever destabilize the pool of methane clathrates that are buried in polar regions.

Chemical Safety: A Wake Up Call


No one should have to die for common sense policy to be put into place. But they already have. Now it is up to the rest of us to take a stand.

Don’t be scared of trillions

Xander Kent and Richard Branson.

A report from the outskirts of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Explore More

There was an National Geographic article recently published highlighting the emergence of new scientific evidence supporting what I think most of us have known all along: nature is good for us.

River Retreat 2016: Structure and Function


To some, January is the first month of the Gregorian calendar, the beginning of a new semester, or just damn cold; but for the River Center, January is also associated with River Retreat. What is the River Retreat? It is not the gradual retreat of rivers back to their montane source (because water flows downhill), but rather, a weekend retreat for students, post-docs, and professors for the purpose of expanding our minds, creativity, family-feud skills, and camaraderie. River Retreat is an annual tradition (now in its 12th year), founded by Nic School professor Martin Doyle, and is organized around a […]

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