Are we in the midst of a zombie pandemic?

What does it mean to be alive? How do I know is something is living or not? These are deceptively simple questions. Although we start learning to differentiate what is (or isn't alive) from an early age, it isn't always straightforward. Although some things like trees are clearly alive and some things like rocks are clearly not--cars are not alive and yet meet 3/5 criteria for life. Viruses, like COVID19, are even trickier to classify as living or not. So is the #COVID19 pand

Exploring Biology Everywhere with Kiddos

One question I'm frequently asked is about #biologyeverywhere activities to do at home with kiddos--especially right now during the #COVID19 pandemic. Here's a fun activity that I did with my son that you can try on your own. I've included suggestions for adapting to different ages and leading questions that you can use to help explore biology. I'd love to see pictures of your progress, so please share them with me :-) I'm also more than happy to answer any biology questions

Panic Buying and Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons

With the first cases of #COVID19 in the United States also came the mass buying of toilet paper. The first commercially available toilet paper came about in 1857 as Gayetty's medicated paper. The free Sears and Robuck Catalogs (because why would you pay for something that you are literally going to use to wipe your bottom with?) were also popular for post-defecation cleaning. What did people do without toilet paper? Bidets originated as small bowls seated in a stool used fo