Jess Turner- Definearth

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on the mountain Pic by Jess Turner

This is a fellow blogger who also has a passion for the environment named Jess Turner, a 22 year old environmentalist from New York. She grew up in her grandmother’s 15 acres of woods. She says that her appreciation for the environment was shaped by her life experiences. From being president of her school’s environmental club to spending long days building a brick walkway through the garden. Her passion as a writer has led her to run a blog and a website both titled, definearth.  She even has an interview that is published in Women in Higher Education Magazine titled, Creating Diversity in STEM: An Interview with Dr. Letitia Thomas.

Jess Turner has worked as a research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University with Dr. Charles Driscoll. She studied the efficiencies of solar cookers and did research at University at Buffalo’s Civil, Structural…

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Interview with Kevin Trenberth

Kevin Trenberth is a research meteorologist and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado who works largely on analysis of global climate data, climate models and the effects of El Niño. Upon meeting Dr. Trenberth, I found him to be well-spoken with a down-to-earth yet amiable disposition. If you listen closely you can even hear his subtle sense of humor. During his time at UW-Madison he shared insights on modeling, working with others, and a broad overview of energy in the climate system.


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When the Cat’s Away: Pumas in the Eastern United States – Part 1

Check out my guest post on The Jaguar!

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Despite its adaptability, the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, or Florida panther) has been extirpated from the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Mountain Lion by Forest Service Northern Region. CC BY 2.0


The following is a guest post from Jessica Turner, whom you may remember from this Q&A. It is the first installment in a two-part series about pumas (Puma concolor) in the eastern United States.

This post deals with the extirpation of pumas in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., and some of the controversy surrounding the existence of a distinct eastern subspecies. Part 2 of this series will be written by me, and it will be released as a guest post on Jess’ blog sometime in the future.

When the Cat’s Away: Part 1

By Jess Turner, author of Definearth

This blog is the first in a two-part series about the recently delisted…

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Desert Island

If you’re ever stuck on a desert island and have the chance to bring three things, don’t fret about potable water. Save your three wishes for a designer bikini, Netflix, or something more worth your while. According to Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, activated carbon from coconut hull is a more efficient filter than activated carbon from bituminous coal. Below is a picture featuring this week’s topic of coconuts, and holding the coconut is a wonderful French traveler, writer, and inspirer I follow on Instagram, Jade Phoenix.


Image from theadventuresofjade Instagram.

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Passive Acoustic Monitoring

The following article deviates from my conventional posts about homemade water treatment, but it is an important issue in the environmental realm- and could give scientists a clearer picture of endangered species.

“Within the field of cetacean research, a passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) system can be defined as a set of acoustic and electronic devices aimed at detecting and tracking marine mammals by listening to their vocalizations” – Brunoldi, et. al.

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EmSWaT is a term my professor coined that stands for Empowered Sustainable Water Treatment. It sums up methods of purifying water that allow people to be empowered by disinfecting it at home. EmSWaT methods are affordable, safe, and efficient. One of the most efficient EmSWaT methods is something I have worked on this past summer- solar cooking. The images above are solar cookers that I made using aluminum foil and cardboard.

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Walk in the Park


Image of Buttermilk Falls by NJHiking.

I recently found out about this blog by an environmental educator in New York State called walkinpark. He had the most modern and clever idea to create minute long clips of each park that he’s been to in New York State. I thought, for the people who can’t get to see all of the falls that are hidden in parts of New York State, this is a great way to explore without actually having to go out and explore. Plus it’s only a minute long, and with my attention span that’s on the dot. If you’re ever wanting to adventure around the various water falls in New York, check out his website!