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May Wang

May Wang

May Wang is the 2020–22 Writing and Reporting Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, where she covers the institution’s research initiatives and historic gardens. She received her A.B. in comparative literature and a secondary in astrophysics from Harvard University, focusing on concepts of physics, geography, and evolution in nineteenth-century novels including those of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Gustave Flaubert. She has previously written and edited for the Harvard Political Review and been a tour guide at the Harvard Art Museums.

François André Michaux, “Cotton Wood,” from The North America Sylva, 1817–19.

Plant of the Month: Poplar

Poplar—ubiquitous in timber, landscape design, and Indigenous medicines—holds new promise in recuperating damaged ecosystems.