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The ocean draws us, or me at least, the way television and the Internet and a crowded market draws us outwards into a transience we can never completely own or master. At the seaside every moment is now and the next moment and the next are guaranteed to be a different “now.” Whether it is […]

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Authoring multimedia at the National Elk Refuge

This week I’ve been working with a colleague at the National Elk Refuge. We’ve been planning and learning a few new ¬†multimedia and social media tools. By the end of the week we launched a new Twitter feed for the refuge at Twitter.com/natlelkrefuge¬†(or simply follow @NatlElkRefuge if you’re already on Twitter). On day 1, the […]

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The forest and the trees

From the Three Sisters viewpoint in the Blue Mountains, the eucalypt forest (and pockets of rainforest) stretch below. Charles Darwin walked this rim in January 1836 and it’s at this stage of his journey, as noted in The Voyage of the Beagle, that¬†he first begins to note the questions that would evolve into evolutionary theory. […]

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In the Kimberley, studying bushfires

While helping ignite a “hot fire” to support research on savanna burning in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The question: if more fires are burnt in the cool season (cool fires) instead of when they typically burn (in the late season when it’s drier and hotter), how might reduce the overall carbon impact that […]

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Yes, I see kangaroos in the wild, for the first time. But only because I laughed with the kookaburras. I had stopped by my car at the beach and in the trees above I heard kookaburras laughing for the first time. Their laughter booms and cackles, shockingly loud, as if the whole hillside was laughing, […]