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  • The Secret Life of Trees

    The Secret Life of Trees

    Kevin Griffin uses remote sensing to track the daily rhythms of trees. His work is helping to bring tree biology to life for students and the general public.

  • Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

    Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

    A new project from the Center for Sustainable Development and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will use education interventions to try to curb fluorosis, caused by high fluoride levels in drinking water, in Alirajpur, India.

  • Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

    Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

    A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

  • ‘X-Snow’ Project Needs Your Help To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

    ‘X-Snow’ Project Needs Your Help To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

    Citizen scientists can gather data to help uncover how snow is changing over time.

  • Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

    Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

    Using crowd-sourced data, the Bitebytes app can educate the public on mosquitoes, the diseases they transmit, and mosquito habitat control, while allowing cities to target key areas to help control the potential for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Citizen Science, Smartphone Apps and a $10,000 Prize

    Citizen Science, Smartphone Apps and a $10,000 Prize

    If you think you can combine an interest in the environment with a little savvy about smartphone apps, listen up. You could win $10,000.

  • Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    With coral bleaching spreading, a new project and app called Bleach Patrol is putting surfers, divers and snorkelers to work as citizen scientists, keeping an eye on the world’s coral reefs.

  • The Shock of the New

    The Shock of the New

    During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a host of naturalist-explorers traveled around the globe in a quest to identify new species. We interview science writer Richard Conniff, who evokes this grand age of discovery in The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth, just released in paperback.

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • The Secret Life of Trees

    The Secret Life of Trees

    Kevin Griffin uses remote sensing to track the daily rhythms of trees. His work is helping to bring tree biology to life for students and the general public.

  • Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

    Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

    A new project from the Center for Sustainable Development and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will use education interventions to try to curb fluorosis, caused by high fluoride levels in drinking water, in Alirajpur, India.

  • Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

    Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

    A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

  • ‘X-Snow’ Project Needs Your Help To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

    ‘X-Snow’ Project Needs Your Help To Unlock The Secrets of Snow

    Citizen scientists can gather data to help uncover how snow is changing over time.

  • Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

    Track Mosquitoes with your Smartphone

    Using crowd-sourced data, the Bitebytes app can educate the public on mosquitoes, the diseases they transmit, and mosquito habitat control, while allowing cities to target key areas to help control the potential for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Citizen Science, Smartphone Apps and a $10,000 Prize

    Citizen Science, Smartphone Apps and a $10,000 Prize

    If you think you can combine an interest in the environment with a little savvy about smartphone apps, listen up. You could win $10,000.

  • Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    Bleach Patrol: Turning Surfers into Scientists to Help Coral Reefs

    With coral bleaching spreading, a new project and app called Bleach Patrol is putting surfers, divers and snorkelers to work as citizen scientists, keeping an eye on the world’s coral reefs.

  • The Shock of the New

    The Shock of the New

    During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a host of naturalist-explorers traveled around the globe in a quest to identify new species. We interview science writer Richard Conniff, who evokes this grand age of discovery in The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth, just released in paperback.