Jack Tamisiea’s Contributions:
Philadelphia’s Diatom Archive Is a Way, Way, Wayback Machine
A cache of phytoplankton held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is helping to reconstruct historical coastlines.
Sep 20, 2022 | 2,500 words, about 12 minutes
The Changing Face of Parasitism
A 90-year record of fish parasites, unintentionally preserved in museum specimens, shows that while some species are booming, many are in decline. That’s not a good thing.
Apr 11, 2022 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
Hidden on a Mountain in the Desert, Signs of the World’s First Reefs
Archaeocyaths were Earth’s original reef builders, and one of the best places to see them is in the Nevada desert.
Dec 8, 2021 | 1,000 words, about 5 minutes
Alabama’s Return to the Sea
A paleontological site shows how life endured in an Alabama that was almost fully submerged—and how it could again as the ocean rises.
Sep 8, 2021 | 800 words, about 4 minutes
For a Peek Inside Wisconsin’s Watery Past, Thank the Microbes
Since its discovery in the 1980s, a fossil site in a Milwaukee suburb has borne some of the best-preserved soft-bodied organisms from the Silurian.
May 5, 2021 | 950 words, about 4 minutes