Weaving together the biosphere and blogosphere

I’m reading a story about one woman’s mission to understand the ecosystem within her backyard, which leaves us with the practical application of understanding our surroundings.

“In a world where humanity has climbed into the position of Biological Boss, I aim to become a benevolent dictator. But I can only rule fairly if I’m familiar with the needs and aversions of my subjects.”

– Hannah Holmes, “Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn”

Sundew near Bonanza Creek LTER off the Parks Highway on June 19, 2011. Photo by Kelsey Gobroski.

This blog was originally an assignment for an undergraduate journalism class at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I want to let it grow beyond that definition.

Fairbanks is full of the smallest things that go unnoticed when we don’t know their importance in our natural world. I could not exhaust this idea over the span of the semester, and I can’t crack the hidden wonders in Interior Alaska without your help.

This is as much a conversation as a catalog of interesting tidbits, so please share your experiences in the comments section. I also found inspiration across the blogosphere, themes ranging from life in Alaska to scientific fascination. I wanted to share some of these, a practice I’ll continue periodically at Boreal Bites. I’ll also link to my favorite posts in whichever blog I choose to feature. Thank you for the inspiration, bloggers.

Featured: Krulwich Wonders

“An NPR sciencey blog” 

Robert Krulwich, and his work on Radiolab, inspired me to approach journalism and science the way he does: with the exploration of a third grader. That idea is infused with his blog, which tackles not only science, but culture and the human condition.
Recommended posts: Who left a tree, then a coffin in the library? ; Two plates. One herbivore. One omnivore. Which is which?; and A Mystery: Why can’t we walk straight?


“Reflections, Inspirations, Questions… from the Basement of the UAMN”

I’ve written before about the wonders of the UA Museum of the North’s basement. The museum’s ethnology collections manager, Angela Linn, tells of the wonders of her side of “the Range,” where 15,000 cultural artifacts are kept.

The Last Word on Nothing

“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing” – Victor Hugo

Several science writers band together to fill the gaps between their deadlines writing about a variety of topics, from great to small, often wrapped up in a bit of philosophical musing. The different voices in this blog make it vibrant and inviting.

Spotted lady's slipper in the Bonanza Creek LTER. June 23, 2011, Kelsey Gobroski

Alaska is defined by seasons of time, exploration and innovation. The Alaska blogs I read make up a similar patchwork. In addition to these, there’s the Alaskan traveller, the thrifty Alaskans, the island scientists, and the many bloggers found on my blogroll. Not all these blogs focus on the local environment, but they are certainly a product of it.

Which Alaska blogs do you read?

Perhaps, one day, we can all tie ourselves together – there’s a lovely UAF blogs site, for starters – and create a quilt of the daily viewpoints of Alaska. Alaskan bloggers are the Last Frontier’s ambassadors to this interconnected world we weave. We are all storytellers.

Also, Merry Christmas to you and yours. I’ll be back home next week.


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