CREATORS – Ayse U. Akarca

Name: Ayse U. Akarca Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art and science are not mutually exclusive to me. However, joining these two careers took a lot of time. Initially, my career as a research scientist had to come first, as this needed more focus and time. After I had my first scientific publication, which was on hairy cell leukemia, I was so incredibly overjoyed about my achievement that I…

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Count grey seal pups to estimate the quality of the Baltic Sea’s food web

Did you know that you could assess the health of the Baltic sea by simply counting the number of grey seal pups? We explain to you how it works in this post. A grey seal pup – Credit: Ian Ward The Baltic Sea, between salt and freshwater The Baltic Sea is a little arm of the North Atlantic Ocean tucked away in northeastern Europe. It is one of the largest brackish water bodies globally, meaning…

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Marin County and Beyond! What this naturalist got up to in April

For the month of April we lived in a quiet nook of Mill Valley tucked into the branches of a Bay Laurel, Coast Live Oak and Coast Redwood trees.  So we continued our pattern of exploring nearby our temporary abode during the week and camping or short road trips during the weekend. We were so lucky to have Mt. Tamalpais in our backyard and only a short drive up to the Rock Springs area. But…

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Erica Fyvie Goes Mad for Ads

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Erica Fyvie. Take it away, Erica! How did you get your initial idea for the book? After I finished writing my first book, Trash Revolution, I found myself continuing to research the broken cycle of production-consumption-waste. It made me think about some of the reasons we become consumers, and why we support the companies we do. How did that…

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