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May Wang

May Wang

May Wang is a Brooklyn-based writer celebrating the intersections of culture, history, and ecology. She was the 2020–22 Writing and Reporting Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, where she covered 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, particularly those of George Eliot. Her work has also appeared in the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Magazine, the Plant Humanities Lab, and the Harvard Political Review.

Salamander on finger.

The Next (Salamander) Epidemic

Everybody loves salamanders, especially the exotic pet industry. But importing these amphibians helps spread diseases like Bsal and Bd to native populations.
William Morris at age 53

William Morris, Anti-Capitalist Publisher

By drawing on traditional typefaces for Kelmscott Press, Morris showed that he was unwilling to yield to capitalism’s demands for speed and efficiency.
Bromus diandrus and Bromus tectorum in Zion National Park

The Greening of the Great Basin

The growth of grass in a desert might not seem problematic, but the introduction of invasive species can disrupt plant, animal, and human inhabitants.
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.