Mallory Hopkins is a journalist, editor, and producer with a specialized interest in environmental reporting. She is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. She was born and raised in southern Vermont and has a passion for the natural world around her.
Going outside to look inward: A naturalist’s experience with nature therapy
magine getting a prescription but instead of a medication it says ‘sunshine and fresh air.’
Ayolane Halusky is the naturalist for the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department and he thinks that everyone could benefit from more time outside, connecting with nature. Nature therapy or Ecotherapy was introduced by Theodore Roszak who wrote about it in his 1995 book: Ecopsychology: Restoring the earth, healing the mind.
Varroa destructor lives up to its name
Varroa destructor may sound like a bad guy from the latest hero movie, but it’s actually a whole different type of villain. It’s the Varroa Mite. This type of mite came into the U.S. in the 1980s through Florida. The Varroa mite was called the “worlds most devastating pest of Western honeybees,” in a study by the University of Florida.
Hot and cold: Trying to talk climate change
I like to separate climate change stances into three categories: ‘Believers’ (which is ironic to refer to someone who acknowledges scientific fact, as a believer), ‘Skeptics’ and ‘Deniers.’
The other day at work I asked a few of my co-workers what their stance was. One of them interjected and said, “That’s what the climate does, it changes.”