Coronado National Forest

By Maimouna Kante Coronado National Forest is located in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico and is known for its wide biodiversity that is sectioned into four different districts: Safford Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Douglas Ranger District and Sierra Vista Ranger District.   The forest’s elevation ranges from 3,000 feet to 10,720 feet which further explains how some of these areas are some of … Continue reading Coronado National Forest

New Ferns Planted at Fern Fest

By Ben Slattery Each spring, students organize a celebration in the form of a gardening event that coincides with Earth Week known as Fern Fest. The Drew community congregates to replace a section of campus lawn with a multitude of varying native ferns and wildflowers, encouraging biodiversity and fostering the growth of other parts of the local ecosystem. Sarah Webb, Director of the Restoration Program … Continue reading New Ferns Planted at Fern Fest

Forest Findings: American Robin

By Colleen Dabrowski It’s finally happened! Spring has arrived, albeit late, to Drew University’s campus and with it, like clockwork, have come the robins. No, not the masked heroes–the birds! Though commonly referred to as robins, the proper informal name of these birds is in fact American robin. The American robin, given the scientific name of Turdus migratorius, can be heard singing early in the … Continue reading Forest Findings: American Robin

New NASA Administrator

By Violet Wallerstein Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA administrator on April 23, with his hand on a Bible by Vice President Pence after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19. NASA states that Bridenstine took the position from Robert Lightfoot, who was the acting administrator from January 2017 until his planned resignation on April 30. While in the past there have … Continue reading New NASA Administrator

Slowing Currents

By Nate Davidovich The Atlantic Ocean is currently moving in slow-motion. In the last 1,600 years, the circulation has never peaked so low, and the same can be said for the temperature. This statistic may not sound so daunting at its core, but it includes many factors that could make or break our environment as a whole. According to Scientific American, with slowed circulation of … Continue reading Slowing Currents

Outrage at Drilling Attempts in Alaska

By Brittany Greve Four months ago, after decades of Democrats attempting to block the measure, the GOP finally passed a resolution through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that allows for rigs to be brought into Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). According to The Hill, this is the first administrative step that the Trump administration has taken toward completely allowing oil and natural gas … Continue reading Outrage at Drilling Attempts in Alaska

Forest Findings: Crocus

by Colleen Dabrowski Crocuses, or Crocus sativus, are flowering plants in the iris family. Comprising of over 90 species of perennials, crocuses can bloom in fall, winter and spring. Native to southern Europe, North Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, crocuses thrive in a variety of climates. A fall-blooming species of crocus is where the spice saffron comes from; the word crocus comes from … Continue reading Forest Findings: Crocus

Scientists Implant and Grow Partial Brains in Mice

by Abigail Mullen On Monday, April 16, scientists at the Salk Institute published a paper describing the first successful implantation of human cerebral organoids into a mouse. The purpose of the study was to determine if another brain could be grown inside the host organism. In this study, the host brain was able to supply the cerebrums with blood to keep them alive for months. … Continue reading Scientists Implant and Grow Partial Brains in Mice

Potential Ninth Planet

by Maimouna Kante According the Scientific American, Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin claimed there could potentially be another planet beyond Neptune—about two years ago. They sometimes call this planet “Planet Nine” (as a reminder, Pluto was removed as the 9th planet in 2006 because it was deemed too small to be considered a planet; rather, it is now classified as a dwarf planet). … Continue reading Potential Ninth Planet

Frogs Develop Resistance to Chytrid Fungus

by Katelynn Fleming Today, concerns of species going extinct are on top of the list of conservation efforts. However, it is nice to know that some species can bounce back even after species-devastating occurrences. In the late 1990’s, the fungus nicknamed Bd for its scientific name, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, was identified as the culprit of widespread frog death in Panama. It was believed that it even … Continue reading Frogs Develop Resistance to Chytrid Fungus