Bowdoin Scientist Embarks on Major Ocean-Climate Study

For thirty-seven days this August and September, Bowdoin oceanographer Collin Roesler will live on a 238-foot research vessel in a remote patch of the Gulf of Alaska, 200 miles from shore. With a community of other scientists, she will study the ocean’s army of plankton and bacteria. Though they are tiny, even microscopic, these organisms […]

Nature Moments. Climate Change: Trust But Verify

Is climate change just a hoax? Why not follow Ronald Reagan’s advice and “trust but verify” by looking for evidence — pro or con — in your own backyard?

Energy-Efficient Apartments to Be Built for Upperclass Students

The $15.25-million project has been developed to achieve “Passive House” certification, using half the amount of energy as regular buildings because of more efficient insulation and ventilation systems.

Nature Moments: Know Your Lichens, They’re Everywhere!

Those splotches on rocks, tree trunks and twigs? Lichens! Lichens are actually a symbiosis between two major divisions of life, neither of which is a plant. Biology professor Nat Wheelwright presents his latest Nature Moments video.

Does Moscow Garbage Crisis Represent the Biggest Threat to Putin?

Garbage is piling up in landfills around Moscow, writes government professor Laura Henry in “The Conversation,” and the resulting pollution has led to a wave of citizen protests “that potentially poses a greater challenge to Putin’s government than pro-democracy activism.”

Nature Moments: How to Build a Bird’s Nest

Biology professor Nat Wheelwright explains the ingenuity that birds employ when constructing a home for their eggs.

Nature Moments: Birdsong Baby Babble

Biology professor Nat Wheelwright explains how songbirds find their voice by mimicking the sounds adult birds make, in much the same way as baby humans learn to speak.

Nature Moments: Packing Leaves into Buds

How do plants pack their growing leaves inside such small buds? The way a particular species packs its leaves has less to do leaf size or shape than with the plant’s evolutionary history, says biology professor Nat Wheelwright.