Henry David Thoreau

This March at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, we are focusing on phenology and all the spring changes happening on our trails. So, while not strictly a scientist, Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) is our March feature because of his famous record-keeping and interest in natural history. After graduating from Harvard, … More Henry David Thoreau

Beth A. Brown

This month’s featured scientist spent her career studying our February theme–the stars and skies! Beth Brown (1969-2008) was one of many NASA scientists that work in fields like astronomy, astrophysics, climate science, and other technologies to help us better understand our galaxy and universe. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Brown showed an early interest in science … More Beth A. Brown

Robert K. Trench

This month’s featured scientist is Dr. Robert K. Trench from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Trench retired in 2000 but during his time at UC Santa Barbara he made big waves in the field of oceanography, specifically in the study of coral reefs. In fact, Robert Trench earned the reputation as the world’s leading expert … More Robert K. Trench

Pamela Silver

Pamela Silver is currently a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School. As we celebrate all things solar this month, we have featured this important scientist for her work re-programming cells to work better and harder; specifically plant cells and their ability to capture and use energy from the sun! As a … More Pamela Silver

Guion Bluford, Jr.

For millennia, humans have stood on our planet and gazed up at the stars; very few have had the unique perspective of traveling towards the stars and looking back down at Earth from above. This month’s featured scientist, Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr., has a special appreciation for our beautiful planet since he has logged 688 hours looking … More Guion Bluford, Jr.

Juan Botella

A large part of being a successful scientist is being interested and excited to share what you have learned. Sometimes you share this information with other scientists at conferences and special meetings, but it’s equally as important to share your knowledge with people in your community. After all, the policies, actions, and decisions that can protect … More Juan Botella

Maria Sanford & the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs

Have you ever asked yourself how a national forest or park gets designated? Who decides to protect the land? Why is the land so special? This process is often a long battle between groups who want to use the land for different purposes, and there is no better example for this than our country’s first … More Maria Sanford & the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs

Florence Bascom

Florence Bascom (1862-1945) is widely considered the first female geologist in the country and was the first woman to be hired by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) agency. The youngest of six siblings, Florence was born on July 14, 1862 to parents Emma Curtis Bascom and John Bascom. Both of her parents were teachers … More Florence Bascom

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau Born in 1910, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher. A pioneer in both diving and ocean exploration, when Cousteau and his teams embarked on his ship, Calypso, … More Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Eugenie Clark

Eugenie Clark was an American Ichthyologist, better known as a biologist devoted to the study of fish. She was popularly regarded as “the Shark Lady” and recognized for both her research on shark behavior and her study of fish in the order Tetraodontiformes. She was a pioneer in scuba diving for research purposes and was internationally regarded as an authority in marine biology, using her fame to promote marine conservation. … More Eugenie Clark