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Olivia Box

Olivia Box

Olivia is a writer, beekeeper, and an ecologist. Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of Vermont where she is studying forests threatened by climate change and invasive pests. Her freelance work has been featured in Northern Woodlands, Massive Science, and The Counter. You can follow her work at  @oliviafaybox or see her complete portfolio here.
Meji Jingu Shrine on December 15, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan

Sacred Trees in Japan

In the modern city of Tokyo, mature forests and trees form a spiritual bridge between past and present.
A White-crowned Sparrow

A Noisy City Affects Birdsong

As anthropogenic ambient noise increases in urban areas, birds adapt their songs to make themselves heard.
A no parking sign stands in the increased surf brought in by Tropical Storm Alberto June 13, 2006 in Cedar Key, Florida.

Improving Communications Around Climate Change

How can scientists better explain the potential hazards of sea-level rise to historic coastal communities?
Fish swimming in underwater kelp forest

Turf Algae and Kelp Forests

Structurally complex kelp forests, pushed beyond their tipping points, are being replaced by mat-like, low-structure turf algae around the world.
Photograph: NPS employee talking to visitors in the Tuolumme Meadows in Yosemite National Park.

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National Parks Are for Everyone

The majority of national park visitors—roughly seventy-eight percent—are white? Why, and why does that need to change?
Mono Lake

The Imperiled Inland Sea

Twenty years ago, scholar W. D. Williams predicted the loss of salt lakes around the world.
Frankfurt, Germany

Can We Cool Warming Cities?

The new, hotter normal requires urban planners and city governments to consider heat hazards when creating climate action plans.
Teenage boy stands looking ahead with power plant fumes behind him

Young People and Eco-Anxiety

As problems caused by climate change become more acute, so too does the eco-anxiety of the world's youth.
An illustration of a man holding tomatoes

Choose the Correct Cover Crop

Organic tomato farmers know that cover crops are key for ensuring adequate nitrogen supply in the soil each year. But not all covers are equal.
Trawler Fishing Off The Coast Of Shetland

When Too Many Fish Causes a Conservation Problem

Marine reserves may solve a common but challenging bycatch problem in fisheries.
an aerial view of The south eastern region of Malta

Sustainability in One of the Smallest Countries

Surrounded by rising seas, island nations face particular challenges in terms of growth. How can they best assess the sustainability of future development?
an overflowing trash can

Food Waste: A Persistent Problem

Even when people think wasting food is bad, they tend to toss out as much (or more) food than they eat. Can that behavior be changed?
A group of great tits (Parus major) on a branch

Angry Birds: Climate Change and Avian Migration

Temperature fluctuations throughout the years are affecting bird migration and mating, with sometimes violent results.
People walk on the Jialing River bed during a drought period on December 12, 2007 in Chongqing Municipality, China.

How Can Cities Keep Water Clean Now and in the Future?

As "megacities" grow in Africa and Asia, assuring residents long-term access to clean water may require a multidisciplinary approach.
A group of children holding up a small globe

Making Climate Communication Nature-Driven

How climate change is represented in popular media allows us to avoid the complex, interconnected roles humans have played to create it.
Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass

Using Thoreau’s Notebooks to Understand Climate Change

Thoreau's time at Walden Pond has provided substantial data for scientists monitoring the effects of a warming climate on the area's plant life.
A forest in Maine

Forests as Fuel: Is Bioenergy Carbon Neutral?

Can using forest harvests for biofuel be carbon neutral? A case study of the Northern Forest appears to say "no."
Green-Wood Cemetery with Manhattan in background

Restoration in the Heart of the City

Green-Wood cemetery in New York City is also a site of urban grassland management and restoration, an effort to mitigate its contributions to climate change.
Flaring off gas at the Flotta oil terminal on the Island of Flotta in the Orkney's Scotland

Marketed as Natural, this Gas is Complicated

The substitution of natural gas for coal is not a simple matter. The same concerns about climate and environment remain, along with new impacts.
Canopy gaps in a forest

Canopy Gaps Define Growth in the Forest

Gaps in the forest canopy can reveal important information, and result in regeneration.
A bodega in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx

A Food Desert in an Urban Neighborhood

Food deserts have complex causes, and require multiple solutions.
Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities

Deforestation in areas where residents hunt and gather food can lead to malnutrition, food insecurity, and greater forest loss.
A hand feeding a bird on the road

The One Health Framework

A policy framework proposal seeks to elevate the needs and rights of all living organisms in the environment.
Alpine Chickweed

How Does the Warming Arctic Impact Plants?

For flowering plants in the Arctic, cold temperatures don't mean death. But warmer temperatures might.
An ice core extracted at Talos Dome showing an ash layer corresponding to the Toba supervolcano eruption in Indonesia about 75k years ago

What is in an Ice Core?

Climate science frequently references ice cores, but it's what is in the cores that matters to science and history.