The Intersection

Archives for September, 2007

According to the New York Times, loggerhead nestings have recently dropped almost 7 percent in the Gulf of Mexico. With a myriad of threats from stormy oceans and climate change to land development and light pollution, these spectacular animals are in real trouble. After encouraging gains in the 1990s, a federal report now shows populations…

My Cornell University Provost’s series lecture given on September 20 was quite a memorable one. I was only waiting for video to go online to provide more information about the event, and now it has. So: Follow the link to view my talk (30 minutes plus) and then the responses from expert panelists–Kurt Gottfried of…

The Morning After

Flashback to the morning of November 8, 2006. My boss, Senator Bill Nelson, has just been reelected beating Katherine Harris by a huge margin. It’s a beautiful morning and we’re all quite happy down in the Sunshine State. I receive a call from a dear friend working in the office of a prominent republican committee…

On Being Nonpartisan

Somehow when it comes to elections, lots of folks seem to get confused into thinking they’re watching ESPN. Sure it’s fun to feel part of a victory, but what matters politically far outweighs any championship ring, cup, or a trip to Disneyworld – even if the media would have you believe otherwise during Superbowl season.…

Dear readers: I’m working on something and could use some research help from any intrepid minds. It seems to me almost indisputable that John Marburger, who assumed his post in 2001 and has continued it now into late 2007, is the longest serving presidential science adviser in history. A quick glance at the terms of…

SciBlings Do Durham

Last night, Craig McClain of Deep Sea News visited us in North Carolina for fun with Bora, Anna, Abel Pharmboy, and me. Craig also loves marine inverts so we had lots to discuss. More evidence NC is where the SciBlings are!

Apologies for my disappearance, folks…Sheril did a great job in my absence, and I enjoyed being Obi-Wan for a day. Although it wasn’t exactly like battling with lightsabers: I spent the week largely hunkered down in hotel rooms, preparing talks. Especially on my 30th birthday, and surrounded by top scholars at Cornell who’d been asked…

Back from DC and want to let readers know I do take notice when I get email. I appreciate the interest in my wandering career path and a few folks have written regarding the FOX news piece. More than one has questioned the way I sounded with regard to my former incarnation as a pop…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris Mooney!

Today our very own Chris Mooney has officially been spinning around the sun for three decades! It’s hard to imagine that’s only a few revolutions more than me considering all he’s accomplished… As Darth Vader once said, ‘The Force is strong with this one.’ In 30 years, my co-blogger’s penned a couple books, made some…

Last week, I posted about the release of the 2007 IUCN Red List and FOX News Radio’s Holly Hickman called to find out more. I explained why we need to consider the Red List as a wake up call because what happens to other lifeforms will have tremendous implications for us. Dwindling biodiversity will not…