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Today in SoE Science:

Female Northern Cardinal


Person riding an ATV all terrain vehicle

SoE Education & Research Reports:


air pollution by brick factories


In This Issue:

The Summer of 2023 / Back to Class Edition:

Female Black-chinned hummingbird


SoE Education & Research Reports:

In-Depth Studies (listen or read):

Just for Fun:

Book Reviews:

Book Cover: The Quickening by Elizabeth Rush

Cover Art Heat Will Kill

Film Reviews:

Thumbnail of theatrical release poster for the film, Asteroid City
Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Tomatometer©

In Memoriam:

Lolita (orca)


Spring, 2023 – In this Issue:

Today in SoE Science [your chatbot-free zone…]:

Snowshoe hare

Night photo of cougar feeding on deer kill

  • Special Essay: The Endling – by Christina Rivera Cogswell, from Orion Magazine


American White Pelican

Bark of Conifer Tree


Winter 2023 – In this Issue:

Photo of dry lightning southwest of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.
[Photo of dry lightning southwest of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. Source: Wikipedia. Credit: Thomas Bresson. License: CC BY 3.0.]


SoE Education & Research Reports:

In-Depth Ecology:

Art, Literature, Photography:

Water color photo of a chukar
[Watercolor photo of Chukar. Credit: R. Sayler.]

Fall 2022 – In this Issue:

Editor’s Choice: Bug Splat Ecology & Science Pizza 

SoE Special Reports:
Climate Anxiety in Environmental Science Students

Today’s Lab Assignment: Take a Bath

SoE Education & Research Reports:

  • Bug Splat Ecology
  • Droning on in Higher Education
  • Dams, Reservoirs, & Methane Emissions
  • Watching the Trees Die
  • Are Bears Really Carnivores?
  • Dry Lightening & Western Wildfires
  • Survival of Mule Deer Fawns in SE Washington
  • Air Pollution from Western Wildfires
  • How Cars Kill Salmon
  • Generating Science Enthusiasm in High School Students
  • Video Interview: Western Wildfires Affect Midwestern Severe Weather
  • Tipping Points for Pacific Northwest Forests?
  • Landscape Ecology & Conservation of Wild Cats and Large-Mammals

Global Environmental News: 

  • Phantom Forests: Why Global Tree Plantings Fail
  • How Heavy Is a Forest? And Why Does It Matter?
  • North Atlantic Right Whale Nearly Extinct
  • What is Cop27 (and why does it matter to you?)
  • Sightseeing on the Road to Hell
  • Past 8 Years the Hottest Ever Recorded
  • 20 Climate Photos That Changed the World
  • Platypus, Be Dammed
  • Exploding a Carbon Time Bomb: Congo Peatlands
  • Geoscience (listen): Journey to the Doomsday Glacier

Feel-Good Environmental News: 

  • Must-Watch Video: Exploding Plants
  • Epicurious? What Does 36,000 Year-Old Bison Taste Like?
  • Darwin’s Orchids and Drunk Wasps
  • Rediscovery of Frogs Thought to Be Extinct
  • Discovery of a Living Fossil on the California Coast
  • Morbid Curiosity: The Difference Between Possum and Opossum
  • Are You Smarter Than a Slime Mold? (be careful how you answer…)
  • Lost and Found: Rescuing a Rare Oak
  • Can Bumble Bees Play Soccer?

Essays & Natural History: 
Margaret Renkl – from The New York Times:
At Summer’s End, a Moment of Wild Surprise

From the WSU Arboretum:
On the Controversy Over Milkweed & Monarch Butterflies

Art / Literature / Photography

What We’re Reading (and why):
– How to Speak Whale
– Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
– Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps
– The Soul of an Octopus
– Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Photo Exhibit:
Study #23 in Mourning Doves & ‘Pigeons’ 

Watercolor photo of Mourning Dove

In-Depth Studies: 
Elizabeth Kolbert – Climate Change From A To Z
Bill McKibben – Dimming the Sun to Cool the Planet is a Desperate Idea, Yet We’re Inching Toward It