Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings


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I spent a lot of time in the woods growing up, and, as such, many of my questions about the world center around how nature works.  It’s a combination of ecology and evolution: how do organisms survive in situ, and what pressures over time made them look and behave the ways they do?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to appreciate that nature isn’t some demarcated box – that the world we humans inhabit is also worth studying for its ecology.  And I don’t just mean the times when a hawk nests on top of a building.  We may have constructed this world, but does that mean that it’s no longer “nature?”  In particular, I’m interested in conservation efforts to preserve this elusive “nature:” why many feel it’s our duty and whether it is.  (Right now, I would say that it is our duty.  But I reserve the right to switch sides whenever I see fit.)

I also have my heart invested into science education in elementary and high schools and spend a lot of time thinking about the best ways to teach and explain science that provide enough context and also are memorable.  That is why I started this blog in the first place.

I don’t really care about page hits.  That’s not what this site is about.

I love science and I love to write about science.  The mini-essays you read here are well-researched, and I work hard to give context beyond just the paper.  I am still learning so appreciate any corrections or criticisms of my writing.

If you want to guest post, email me: culturingscience [at] gmail [dot] com

Also email if you want access to a paper I’ve written about here

About me:

I’m Hannah Waters, a science-lovin lady trying to find the best way to translate my passion into services, information, and, if I’m lucky, money.  I’ve done research on seabird ecology, leaf-cutter ant ecology, the epigenetic profiles of aging yeast.  I’ve also worked in conservation, marine tourism, science education, and as a hot dog salesperson.

In February 2011, I began the next chapter: a science journalism internship.  Will I make it out alive and not become entirely jaded?  Stay tuned…

Follow me on Twitter! @hannahjwaters

Here’s my online portfolio: Hannah Waters (I’m a grown-up science writer now!)

Bloggin my heart out, January 2011. That's my "thinking" face." Picture by Michal Waldfogel


Written by Hanner

November 24, 2009 at 3:49 am

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  1. Murre-maid, your science blog makes me proud. I promise to keep up with things and read more as school starts to calm down.


    December 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  2. Hi! & thanks for the ping! I’m a lab rat like you – also blogging away for the same reasons. Am so glad to have linked up and am really digging the art work of Kevin Van Aelst – my new favorite artist! Best of luck with your experiments and future posts!

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    December 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

  3. Hi Hannah

    I teach biology 11 in Vancouver BC. I found your blog and article on octpus/cephalod intelligence (a favourite topic of mine) while searching for discussions and articles about anthropomorphism. I rememer how my professors, when I was in school ( a long time ago), articulated the issues with anthropomorphism, but I can’t remember how they expressed the problems with this habit. I wonder if you can help out. I have some students that exclaim that certain animal behaviors are “evil” and I and other students argue that we can’t judge that way, but I want to have them see why this approach is a problem. Any tips?


    October 7, 2011 at 1:49 am

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