Life Sciences: Academics

“Conservation is a cause that has no end.  There is no point at which we will say our work is finished.”

–Rachel Carson

I pulled up the site today to try to finish one of the dozen or so drafts that I have going and decided instead to provide an update on me.  I’ve not only been busy with work and trying to squeeze in a nature walk here and there, but I also ended up going back to school.  I’m nearly halfway through my second semester at Chatham University–the alma mater of Rachel Carson.  In my junior year as a Biology student I’ve been busy with the college life (minus the partying and early adulthood “new-found freedom” bits).  As an older-than-usual student I’m still working on the balancing act of academics, work, and social life, but as long as the bills are paid and I keep studying I hope to finish school in the Spring of 2018.

I intend on earning my Bachelor’s degree and moving into the scientific field, then possibly continuing my education with post-graduate studies.  As of now, I’ve become more interested in plant species so botany seems a likely field for study, though the future is plastic enough that I don’t want to settle in just yet.

As I sit and wait for my next class in Buhl Hall–the science building–I realize that while threading through the brambles of my life right now I’ve neglected this site.  So, while renewing my site registration with WordPress, I also want to renew my dedication to this project with a few guidelines for myself to keep.

First, I want to add to the site at least weekly.  This will inevitably be difficult during the winter but I want to continue to write and keep myself accountable to this goal.  It might be easiest to continue writing if I focus on single species or habitats, so that’s my plan for now.

Second, I want to continue to add species to the field guide.  This will also be difficult until the spring, but not impossible.  My leanings may be toward adding plant species, but I want to increase the list for insects and other macroinvertebrates as well.

And lastly, I hope to continue to inspire others to appreciate the natural world.  In a time where resources are stretched and the global climate is changing, the public attitude toward the other millions of species on the planet needs to be addressed.  Man cannot survive alone and biodiversity is now known as an indicator of healthy ecosystems which, in turn, provide healthy resources for man to share.  If for no other reason, then at least the beauty of the complex and diverse world we live in should be enough cause to protect species and ecosystems.  I hope that my readers can find a reason to care for nature in the words of this blog.

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) blooming at the end of fall/onset of winter with stringy yellow petals.


Author: astanyoung

I'm a natural history educator and outdoor enthusiast. I want to help people understand and enjoy the natural world that we live in.

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