Monthly Archives: March 2011

What’s in a Field Station?

  In 2008 Sarah Huyck Carter conducted interviews with scientists who have been involved with the E.N. Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station for many years. Here’s what three of them had to say about the importance of biological field … Continue reading

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Biological Field Stations Are Critical Laboratories for Environmental Scientists

  “Field stations are places where we can read the book of life in the language in which it was written.” —     James Kirchner, U.C. Berkeley At a time when humans are altering the world at an unprecedented pace and … Continue reading

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Tagging Frogs

  When Cornell biologist Edward C. Raney wanted to study frog behavior at the E.N. Huyck Preserve (Rensselaerville, N.Y.) in 1939, he knew he needed to improve on the usual methods for tagging the creatures. One technique involved making tiny … Continue reading

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Bats, Bats, Bats

  Who would have thought that scientists would make important discoveries in a makeshift laboratory housed in an old barn? In the summer of 1939, Harvard graduate student Donald Griffin was a research fellow at the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve … Continue reading

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Ego Observations: Bees vs. Dinosaurs

When I did an internship at Natural History magazine, which was located within the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I observed that the size of a scientist’s ego seemed to be correlated with the size of the … Continue reading

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