Spring, in potentia

Big changes bring even more ambitious goals; as I lay out my aspirations for the next few months, I hope to do this tenet justice. Academically, I’m aiming to refresh my zeal for learning over the semester at TCD. This past fall, I’d finally settled in at Pitt, feeling adjusted to recurring professors, classrooms, and…

Shipping Up (Over? Across?) to Dublin

Fáilte and Happy New Year! My name is Isy, and I’m just about ready to head to Ireland for a semester at Trinity College Dublin. I’m a junior at Pitt studying Political Science and Law, Criminal Justice, & Society along with a minor in French. During breaks and holidays, I get to call the exotic…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Postcard to My Past-self

A letter to past myself from your present (or future self?),  When you used to look at a map of the US, the state of Wyoming would barely register as a blank rectangle floating in the middle of the country, however when you get back and scan the poster on your bedroom wall you can’t…

Wyoming Spring Creek – A Final Love Letter

My Dear Wyoming, Thank you for reminding me how small I am, Wyoming. Accepting our insignificance on a greater scale is really difficult, and understanding that the world does not only revolve around us is even harder. It is something complex, alive, and working on such a larger scale that none of us can fully…

Wyoming Spring Creek – Thermopolis and Museum Ethics

Thermopolis, or “Thermy” as I have dubbed it, was the second stop on our trip around the state. The day started not in Thermopolis, but at a gap between time. We had visited a site just off of the road where we stayed for quite a bit. We were let loose onto the rock face…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Trip Around the State Day 1

Up early on a Saturday morning we shuffle out the door and heap into vans ready to embark on our 10 day road trip around the state. First stop: Independence Rock. A weathered feature of the Granite Mountain range, this outcrop was originally named by Native American tribes across Wyoming and the Rocky Mountains as…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Climate Change and Water Conservation

If you ever ask what Wyoming’s most precious natural resource is you will predictably be answered by a chorus of responses citing its wealth of oil, coal, and natural gas stores, but in truth its most precious resource is water. One look around the semi-arid landscape and any doubt of what governs life out west…

Wyoming Spring Creek: Piecing Together the Past

Ecology is first and foremost a science based upon observation. Environments biotic and abiotic factors are copiously described in detail, organismal behavioral relationships are watched and recorded, surveys are designed to count biodiversity and abundance, and individuals are analyzed and marked to gather data on community health and watch populations into the future. All of…

Wyoming Spring Creek – Earth’s Intersectionality

4.5 billion years. No one can truly comprehend how large that number is, let alone imagine something taking that long. However, that is earth. Just 4.5 billion years of heat and gas that somehow churned out us. There is so much ambiguity shrouding what we are and how we came to live in this modern…