Taking Nature’s Pulse

People have taken delight in nature throughout human history, but more recently the work of the natural historian has become more like that of the scientist. Using methods and tools of science, today’s naturalists can record nature with precision-and through this, learn more about it. Ecologists now pay heed to the often-forgotten sense of hearing. The Tropical Ecology Lab at University of Puerto Rico, San Piedras, blurs the lines between natural history and science. An array of remote microphones collects sounds from the forests and wetlands, and researchers use computers to analyze the soundscapes themselves.


Abi (Nighthill) Knopp

About Abi Knopp

Abi Knopp lives in Western Massachusetts, where she involves herself in many worthwhile pursuits. Right now she is pursuing the study of speech language pathology, and she plans to use her communication skills to develop resources for implementation of evidence based practice within the field. She has worked with Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice since 2016, where she supports clinical operations for a team of home health professionals. She also serves as Secretary of the Williamsburg Cultural Council, and as a volunteer for the Head Start program in Easthampton, MA. In addition to her S.M. in Science Writing from MIT, she holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. In past roles she has taught science writing through MIT's MOSTEC summer program for high school students, volunteered in the art studio at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, interned as a radio producer for "Living on Earth," taught and developed a college-level course on Science Poetics at Portland State University, and served as an editor for multiple literary magazines. On her own time Abi likes to hike, paint, journal, repair broken things, develop pastry recipes, and (at the end of any given day) wrap herself up in a cocoon of quilts and fall asleep to the sound of the radio.


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