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Holly McKelvey
Science communicator and illustrator
Science communicator and illustrator
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The oven project.
Last semester I took a class on ideas – specifically, how to turn an idea into a project design into project implementation. The idea of the course is to produce projects on a local scale that benefit the community. In the last years these have spanned from...

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California, the Delta, and the Endangered Species Act
Okay. This started out as a Facebook post, and then it grew a little too polarized and rather too long for that social space. As I'd rather not venture too far into the realm of politics or political ecology (apparently this can become somewhat guilt-induci...

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The Enchanted Isles: a Geological and Evolutionary History
A final series of Ecuador posts (by now very, very belated). The theme? Tourism and sustainability in a fragile island ecosystem. The place? The Galápagos Archipelago. Well-known for one very specific, very clever fellow who visited in 1835 and observed som...

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A bike and beach day
Though my heart is with Refugio Beach in California, which is currently undergoing an oil spill and clean-up efforts , I found myself captivated by another marvelous beach in this weekend. A Saturday of brilliant sunshine and beautiful warm weather after a ...
A bike and beach day
A bike and beach day
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Coal Oil Point Reserve: steeped in oil
The current  oil spill along the Santa Barbara coastline is impacting Coal Oil Point Reserve, a beautiful native plant and wildlife reserve where I worked during my last year in California. I led groups as a tour guide and wrote about it over  at Hawkmoth M...

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Oil on the Californian Coastline and in my heart
Last week, an oil pipeline on the California coast ruptured and poured 105,000 gallons of crude oil onto the coast and into the ocean near Santa Barbara. It's not known for how long oil was pouring out of the pipe, but what is know is that the oil company d...

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Earthworm enthusiasts
Back in December we had an amazing seminarist come to speak to us in Poitiers, which was a very bright light on what was at that point a rather bleak academic horizon. Patrick Lavelle, a prominent French earthworm scientist residing and working in Colombia,...

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Into the Tropical Rainforest
In which we visit cloud forests and rainforests, and navigate the slippery and difficult terrain of development, conservation, and the battle between resource extraction and native rights, in two parts. Part II. Into the Heart of the Rainforest (rather epic...
Into the Tropical Rainforest
Into the Tropical Rainforest
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Hawkmoth Magazine: Spring 2015
Another brief break from the Ecuador posts to let you know that  Hawkmoth Magazine , that exhilaratingly sleek and beautiful science zine of ours, is picking up steam. Our spring issue came out at the start of April, and it has some very cool pieces. So thr...
Hawkmoth Magazine: Spring 2015
Hawkmoth Magazine: Spring 2015
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Into the Forest
In which we visit cloud forests and rainforests, and navigate the slippery and difficult terrain of development, conservation, and the battle between resource extraction and native rights, in two parts. Part I. Down the Eastern Slope of the Andes From the p...
Into the Forest
Into the Forest
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