A colleague of mine was surprised when I informed him that I do not know any songs about rivers in Ghana. I could not recall any songs about rivers. It came as a shock to him.
Since I began working on my dissertation project on the multiple ways the relationship between humans and nature is understood and enacted under climate change, one of the most important shifts in my thinking has been to see extinction not only as a scientific concept, but a social, cultural, and political phenomenon.
An artificial fog regularly envelops the bridge connecting piers 15 and 17 in the San Francisco harbor. Fujiko Nakaya, an artist known for her many fog sculptures, installed Fog Bridge #72494 in 2013, when it was launched with the reopening of the Exploratorium science museum.
As an undergraduate, I was fascinated by teeth. In organismal biology, teeth often tell the story: based on their shape, number, composition, and condition, we can infer how an animal amassed food, how it migrated, or how it diverged from similar creatures.