ecological re

anonymous asked:

do you know anything about marine ecology and how a major in marine biology would relate/benefit to becoming a marine ecologist?

I do know quite a bit about marine ecology! If you’re interested in being a marine ecologist a degree in ecology would probably be more helpful than a degree in marine biology, but choosing the right courses in college if you go with a degree in marine biology would be fine as well. There are lots of different ways to get to the same goal, especially in education! It just depends on your college/university and your personal goals. 

anonymous asked:

re: oak ecosystems in the foothills. that's so cool!! i grew up in the norcal foothills, w/ lots of oak trees (although quite a few were relatively newly planted by the housing builders to replace the old ones they cut down or something?? so i was always unsure if that was a good thing). i would be super curious to hear more about what your work is and what you love about it :D

yeah for sure!! i love talking about this stuff, i’m glad you think it’s cool! :o 

there’s been some pretty extensive attempts to repopulate valley oak groves around developed areas where they were removed, at least around sacramento. urbanization and attempts at fire control have really fucked with the oak savannas,  and a lot of the ecosystem is really fragmented. 

right now, i’m working as an invasive plant management intern with the american river parkway foundation, so working with the oak savannas and the riparian corridor around the american river. one of the things i work on is an oak census, where i go out and collect data on a series of saplings. the saplings are mostly live oak and valley oak, although several other native species have been planted. i’m checking up on them, recording how they’re doing, what maintenance work needs to be done, which invasive species are posing the highest levels of threat to the saplings, etc. i’m also working on red sesbania removal efforts, since a chunk of the parkway used to be entirely overrun with it, and there are a handful of other invasive species that we’re responsible for monitoring and removing. 

it’s work i like doing because i find it fulfilling, honestly! i love being outside in an environment that i feel connected to, doing what i can to help restoration and conservation efforts. my favorite part of environmental studies is getting out in the field to stick ur hands in the dirt surrounded by plants, it’s the best.

ANON 1
I actually think that, at least in America, wizards would just use the dollar–Britain is no stranger to confusing iterations of currency (pounds, guineas, pennies, I don’t even know what) but the US has had one form of currency ever since the Continentals went under. Plus, I can’t imagine that America would ever do anything to prevent all its citizens from coming together in the glorious unity of capitalism.

As for magical creatures, I think you’d look to the local mythos for that–America doesn’t have the unicorns or the pixies but they have canotila and the wendigos, fastachee and tlahuelpuchi and thunderbirds. The Europeans brought some domestic species over with them, like krups and kneezles. (And others less purposefully, like kelpies and chizpurfles and flobberworms and the odd smuggled-dragon.) But they’re decidedly non-indigenous, and they have played havoc with the local magical ecologies.

ANON 2 [re: this]
Maybe wizards have a taboo against magically altering your body, but Tonks doesn’t seem to have any problem as a metamorphmagus, and Hermione talks about learning human transfiguration in class, so…I wouldn’t think that’s the case? 

Now, I suppose you could argue that to keep a transfiguration spell going 24/7 would be exhausting to a wizard, and make them exposed to magical attack. Or you could argue you can’t fundamentally alter yourself because the law of conservation of mass is in play. (This is Pratchett’s answer–when a witch transforms into a rat, for example, she also leaves a large wobbly ball of all the stuff that wouldn’t fit.) You could argue that while wizards learn human transfiguration, there’s social stigma attached to actually using it–the same way that having lots of piercings and hardware is seen as inappropriate in certain contexts.

But I don’t think wizards are immune to the pressures of self-image, so I’m pretty sure that liposuction spells and botox charms are all the rage anyway.