Part 1: Two scientists walk into the Patriarchy (the background for a well-controlled case study)

My husband and I are equally-credentialed, academic super-nerds: We both earned PhDs (and Bachelors’ & Masters’ degrees before those) from prestigious universities in a very specialized STEM field. I’m leaving out the details here for anonymity. We’re not astrophysicists, but let’s just run with that analogy: our research is so…

I have my mother’s hands. When I was 10 or 12, snooping through her secret bedroom things, I found a vintage but sturdy shoebox underneath her bed. It was tanned around the edges in a way that suggested it had spent an appreciable amount of time in a cloud of…

As part of a pandemic-inspired cross-country move, my husband, our baby, and I moved in with my in-laws for the summer of 2020. Here are some observations of how our multigenerational living experiment went, stories of the experiences we shared, and reflections on why it didn’t work.

My mother-in-law is the epitome of American consumption

She and my…

This article starts out tongue in cheek, but it gets really, really dark. (Sorry about that; just writing what I feel here, and it’s taking a different turn than I imagined!) Please don’t read on if you’re triggered by racial injustice or neonatal death.

If you asked me about my views on racism last year, I’d probably have answered in some way that lets you know that I know I’m woke. I might’ve casually worked in to our conversation some of the reasons I think I’m woke. Here are 5:

  1. I have a diverse…
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The definition of what it means to be native as used by ecologists has not evolved much since the 1930s, when restoration ecology first came into vogue with Aldo Leopold’s work at the University of Wisconsin. Leopold, known today as the Founder of Restoration Ecology, was influenced by two common…

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What makes a species native or exotic?

In the practice of ecosystem restoration, ecologists determine a species’ nativity status, deciding whether it is native or exotic to a specific ecosystem. This requires two natural designations: First, the spatial extent that determines the appropriate areal range that a species can reside within must be determined. …

JP Auchter

Scientist, artist, mother, T1D :: I observe the world from a secular humanism perspective, and I write about nature, culture, and the characters in my life.

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