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Florida Manatees and Electric Plants

manatee, conservation, power plants

Erika sees hundreds of manatees at Tampa Electric.

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.

El amanecer

It is such a beautiful world….and it is a beautiful thing, this thing we call Life.

Goodbye, Dear Friend


We met in 2009. My life was in limbo but exciting things were happening. I had just completed a 6-month internship at a weekly newspaper in Santa Barbara and returned from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico assisting a now quite successful underwater photographer, Thomas Peschack, through an expedition with the International League of Conservation Photographers.

New Year, New Birds

bird, duke, big year

Erika describes the excitement birders feel at the start of a new year.

Time for a New Year’s Reboot


I've officially completed the first quarter of my PhD, and I felt like it was one of my weaker academic performances to date. Much like my first semester in the MEM program at the Nicholas School, I felt ALL the feelings: inadequate, gleeful, inept, intellectually engaged, inefficient, excited, frustrated, enlightened, moronic, self-assured, and name a few.

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