| by Carolyn Beans

The article “Science and Culture: Journal entries, maps, and photos help ecologists reconstruct ecosystems of the past” recently posted by PNAS, includes the work of Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article mentions her 2017 study, in which “her team used 18th-century British nautical charts to estimate changes in the coral reef area in the Florida Keys,” and a project where her students “asked historical societies in Maine for images of a seaweed called rockweed but came back empty-handed.” McClenachan advised her students to ask for tourists pictures instead, and noted, “When going to archivists, ecologists need to be careful how they frame the question,” PNAS said.

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