Inhabiting the Anthropocene: This blog from the Anthropocene Learning Community at the University of Oklahoma, explores the many ways that humans are impacting the earth. Authored by an interdisciplinary group of ecologists, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and other scholars, Inhabiting the Anthropocene aims to “provide a kind of ‘guided tour’ of scholarly literature relevant to the broad theme of the Anthropocene, and to the idea of habitability.” With this aim, the blog features reflective essays (What We’re Thinking) along with an extensive interdisciplinary bibliography of scholarship relating to the Anthropocene (What We’re Reading). Recent contributions include a consideration by biologist Ingo Schlupp that outlines how humans influence not only species extinction, but also the rise of new species; an essay by historian Peter Soppelsa about how to date and historicize the anthropocene; and an analysis by political theorist Marit Hammond on the role of art in the Anthropocene.
Project Noah: For nature lovers, science instructors, and anyone interested in learning more about biodiversity, Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitat) is a citizen science project that invites users to submit photographs of living organisms and browse the website’s impressive public repository of photographed organisms. Created by New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication program with support from National Geographic, Project Noah is an interactive software platform with a phone application component that complements this website. Visitors are encouraged to include as many details and images as possible for each plant, insect, or animal captured. Once shared with the Project Noah community, anyone can add species suggestions or leave comments. Visitors to this webpage can browse current photographs by a number of categories (including birds, fungi, reptiles, plants, and arthropods.) Science instructors interested in using Project Noah in the classroom can register for a Teacher’s account through the Education section.
Science Sessions Podcast: From the renowned, multi-disciplinary science journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) comes the Science Sessions. Each of these short podcasts features interviews with scientists (many of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences) who have discovered a number of fascinating topics. Recent episodes include a conversation with biologist Eve Marder about what the nervous system of crustaceans suggests about neuro-flexibility in humans; a discussion with hydrologist Andrea Rinaldo on how he and his team used cell-phone data in order to analyze human mobility patterns to uncover clues about the spread of cholera; and an interview with climate change researcher Joshua Elliot about how climate change could impact the supply of water for irrigation. These short sessions provide intriguing introductions to a variety of fields of study. Interested listeners can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Untamed Science: For anyone interested in learning more about all living things and how they interact with one another, Untamed Science is a highly engaging video series and blog dedicated to the topic. Headed by University of Hawaii ecologist Rob Nelson, Untamed Science features accessible descriptions and entertaining videos about specific creatures (found in the Tree of Life section) as well as central scientific topics (found in the Biology section). The style of these videos range from mesmerizing (such as the gorgeously shot amphibian video) to goofy (such as the music video about species classifications). All are informative. These videos are accompanied by accessible descriptions and diagrams. Visitors may also want to check out the Untamed Science blog, which features science news and DIY experiments.