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Written by: Lauren Dykman   Biological systems are constantly shifting as they react to perturbations from outside forces. Natural disturbance is a powerful driver of species distribution in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Humans, however, are causing an unprecedented increase in the frequency and intensity of disturbance to habitat, which raises several urgent questions. How…

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Written by: Jessica Dabrowski For more of Jessica’s writing, you can visit her personal blog here: https://www.jessicastephanie.me/ Hey there! I’m Jessica Dabrowski, a current 3rd year and PhD candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, and I have anxiety. I choose to say this in the first sentence of this blog post because it needs to…

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Written by: Arianna Krinos   Did you go on an apple picking trip, or otherwise gather your share of apples this fall? If so, you may be eating those well into the Winter. Apples are a sound economic choice for a harvest activity—unlike a pint of blueberries, typically, you can pick several pounds of apples…

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Written by: Anna Walsh   A sign posted near Choccolocco creek, which received much of the wastewater discharge from the Monsanto PCB plant. Source: the Anniston Star.   The town of Anniston, Alabama is dying. Entire neighborhoods have been abandoned, large swathes of land where nothing grows abound, and residents of all ages bear an…

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Written by: Justin Suca Many would agree that a steak dinner is unequivocally delicious. Unfortunately, the process of making that steak and getting it to your dinner plate is also unequivocally detrimental to the planet as we know it. Despite contributing a massive amount of greenhouse gases, emissions from agriculture have lacked the media attention…

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Written by: Noah Germolus   Over the centuries, we have focused a great deal of brainpower on conquering the messes that water alone cannot wash away. This obsession with spotless surfaces produced some of the most pervasive classes of synthetic chemicals: soaps and solvents. Heavy grease on machinery, oil spills, drug manufacturing, and paint removal…

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Written by: Danielle Haas Freeman For more of Danielle’s writing, be sure to visit her writing website at https://www2.whoi.edu/staff/dfreeman/   By the time I was thirteen, my grandfather could no longer speak. He laughed sometimes, he gestured to things, he sometimes made noises of displeasure. But he was no longer capable of holding a conversation.…

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