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During spring break of my freshman year of college, I discovered that my eyes craved water. Growing up in the glacially carved landscape of Minnesota, it was rare that a car trip longer than fifteen minutes did not pass within […]

A Perpendicular Universe


  Our planet is riddled with floods, rising sea levels, severe weather, drought, and the highest temperatures in recorded history. Up to 99% of climate scientists agree that the current trajectory of the climate crisis will lead us to an… […]

Donald Trump, The Koch Brothers and ...


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All that stood between us was a thick pane of glass. I was safely inside the stairwell. She was outside, perched on a window of the 16th floor, resplendent in alien elegance. I stared at the spider; she may or […]

A Single Pane of Glass



  We’re used to seeing apocalyptic wastelands in our video games, television shows and big screen movies. But such an environment actually exists in the real world, and its vacant landscape can be found near the border of Ukraine. It’s… […]

Chernobyl: The Exclusion Zone


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At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BioEnv) we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different […]

Job Opening: Associate Researcher, 2 positions


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Humans are animals, Kingdom Animalia, the upright ape, but in our understanding of ourselves we don’t like to lean in to our animality so we lean away, skeeved, from “ape,” and toward a moral universe of “uprightness,” “tool use,” and […]

The Beasts Within