What are species?

Several years ago I was commissioned by Elsevier to revise Ernst Mayr’s entry on “Species” in their Encyclopedia of Genetics.  I was honored to be revising Mayr’s chapter, as he profoundly influenced me (and many thousands of others) on the nature of species. Because I have come to disagree with Mayr on many issues of … Read more

Climate Change and Dengue: How Global Warming Can Affect Your Health

Hannah Steinberg, Wesleyan ‘16  Climate change has and will have numerous effects on human health. Increased temperature and UV radiation will increase the rate of skin cancer. Rising temperatures, increased atmospheric CO2, and increased ozone concentrations at ground level will intensify the severity of allergies and asthma attacks. Flooding will result in drinking water being contaminated with toxins and … Read more