Monthly Archives: December 2015

Friday favorites: White forest

Snow falls on Huntington Forest in the Adirondacks, New York.

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Blooming in December

In Boston, the weather has been unseasonably warm this December. And it’s not just here. All over the Northeast US, parts of the Western US, in the UK, and beyond are still waiting for winter to arrive. The odd weather … Continue reading

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Season Spotter shared at a recent science conference

Each December, thousands of scientists come together for the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) annual conference making it the world’s single largest meeting of Earth and Space scientists. Each year, I leave this conference enthused, exhilarated — and exhausted! There is … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Ghost trees

Frost covers the tops of tamaracks, making them appear ghostly against the smaller black spruce trees in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Jungle Rhythms: find the rhythm of tropical trees

This week I launched a new Zooniverse project, Jungle Rhythms, that aims to digitize thousands of pages of detailed historical observations of the life cycle of trees in Africa. Belgian scientists were stationed at the Yangambi Research Station in what … Continue reading

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Surviving the winter as a tree

In much of the northern United States, temperatures are now regularly falling below freezing. For organisms made mostly of water — like you and me and all other animals and plants — this poses some problems. Many mobile creatures like … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Desert green

Even in some of the driest places in North America, plants survive. This image was taken by a PhenoCam overlooking the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico, a study area within the largest desert in North America: the Chihuahuan Desert.

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Spring leaf unfurling as temperatures rise

Tree leaves are unfurling earlier with increasing temperatures, but this tendency is slowing down. That was the message of an article that came out recently in the high-profile science journal Nature called “Declining global warming effects on the phenology of … Continue reading

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The end of autumn

It’s early December, and in Cambridge, MA, most of the trees have shed all their leaves by now. There are exceptions: some of the red oaks are still holding on to a few crispy-dry, brown leaves (the same is true … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Golden poplars

The setting sun glints off the few remaining leaves at this poplar plantation near Eugene, Oregon, highlighting the straight trunks and wispy branches of its trees. Poplar grows fast and is grown as a crop for wood products like paper, … Continue reading

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