Terra Sigillata

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Many thanks for some blog publicity go out to Karl Leif Bates, editor of Duke University’s online research monthly magazine, Duke Research, and co-founder of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). Many of you who attended this past weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 gathering may recognize Karl as he was in attendance.

Completely independent of any coaxing (Karl was *not* present at my free, Friday Fermentable wine tasting), my post is currently the February 2009 feature on the Duke Research section, Voices: Science in Conversation.

The backstory is that, during our December vacation, we learned through Sheril Kirshenbaum that renowned conservationist and Duke professor, Stuart Pimm, was doing field work with Duke undergraduate and graduate students. Each December, Dr Pimm brings a group of Duke students to work on a variety of projects and mentor Key West High School students in the process.

I had the rare opportunity not only to meet with Stuart but also head botanist, Stephen Hodges, President of the Key West Garden Society, Carolann Sharkey, and other notables in the Key West garden scene.

As my post detailed the ongoing relationship of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Enviroment with the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, Karl was kind enough to put us up as the feature, including my Abel-headed photo with Dr Pimm while wearing my DrugMonkey/ScienceBlogs T-shirt.

Many thanks, Karl, for drawing attention to our post.