Monthly Archives: November 2016

A frog of a different color


WARNING: Do not ingest, toxic! Poison frogs (family Dendrobatidae) are some of the most spectacularly colored members of the animal kingdom and like many other dangerous or toxic animals, including venomous coral snakes and stinging bees, their bright colors act as a signal that warns potential predators to stay away. This combination of “danger” plus… Read more »

Climate and coastal dune vegetation


Why I am fascinated by barrier islands I grew up in the arid southwestern United States, far from the ocean.  When I moved to Florida, I quickly learned to love barrier islands, which I found to be both exotic and beautiful.  I was working on St. George Island in the northern Gulf of Mexico in… Read more »