Science Writing for General Audiences
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Wintergreens: Spotted or Not, Trail Walker, Winter 2013, page 7.
An article about small evergreen plants native to the eastern US that
have confusing names.
Autumn Gold: Don't blame this beauty for your seasonal sniffles and sneezes, Trail Walker, Fall 2012, page 7.
An article about goldenrods (Solidago spp), common wildflowers native to the
eastern US that bloom in
Daddy Longlegs, Trail Walker, Summer 2012, page 7.
An article about those small, long-legged creatures of forest and field.
Botany and History Entwined: Rachel Hunt's Legacy, Book Review, Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, April 2012, 139(2), page 233. (subscription required)
Jack--or is it Jacqueline?--in the Pulpit, Trail Walker, Spring 2012, page 7.
An article about the unique sex life of a common forest plant.
Acorn Booms & Busts, Trail Walker, Winter 2012, page 7.
An article about variabiliy in annual acorn production and its impact on forest ecosystems.
American Beech, Trail Walker, November/December 2011, page 7.
An article about American beech (Fagus grandifolia), a forest tree native to eastern North America that is
threatened by an introduced blight.
Katy Did, Katy Didn't, Trail Walker, September/October 2011, page 9.
An article about katydids, insects whose songs fill the nights from late summer through autumn.
Indian Pipe - A Ghostly Inhabitant of the Forest, Trail Walker, July/August 2011, page 7.
An article about Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), a waxy white plant of the forest understory that is native to eastern North America.
Nature's Night Lights, Trail Walker, May/June 2011, page 7.
An article about fireflies that includes their fascinating mating practices.
A Trio of Early Woodland Wildflowers, Trail Walker, March/April 2011, page 9.
An article about 3 early-blooming wildflowers native to eastern North America - round-lobed hepatica
trout lily (Erythronium americanum), and dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolia).
Red Cedar - A Most Unusual Conifer, Trail Walker, January/February 2011, page 7.
An article about eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), a conifer with cones that look like berries.
Fifteen Tips for Safer Driving, Today's Senior Magazine, January 2011, page 12.
The Witch of the Autumn Woodlands, Trail Walker, September/October 2010, page 7.
An article about witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), a forest understory shrub native to eastern North America that blooms around Halloween.
The Dazzling Odes of Summer, Trail Walker, July/August 2010, page 7.
An article about dragonflies and damselflies, members of the insect order Odonata.
Add Some Spice Bush to Your Landscape, Wild Ones Journal, May/June 2010, Vol 23, No 3, page 10.
An article about the landscape use of spice bush (Lindera benzoin), a shrub native to eastern North America.
The Curious Case of the July-fruiting Mayapple, Trail Walker, July/August 2009, page 5.
An article about mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), a plant native to eastern North America.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home, Today's Senior Magazine, May 2009, page 30.
Nine Ways to Relieve Dry Eye Discomfort, Today's Senior Magazine, March 2009, page 24.
Indian Pipe and Other Thieves, The Outside Story, August 6, 2006.
Indian Pipe, Northern Woodlands Magazine, Summer 2006.
Spicebush, New Jersey's Earliest Blooming Native Shrub, Newsletter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, Spring 2005, page 6.