Author: Chris Martine

Coal land forest restoration

Video: Off-road Enthusiasts and Coal Land Forest Restoration | Plants are Cool, Too!

Conservation takes partnership. Many off-roaders think conservationists are all “tree-huggers”… and many conservationists think off-roaders are all “tree-killers.” But somewhere in between there is a sweet spot where…

Video: Rappelling Scientists Find Rare Species Hiding for 100+ Years | Plants Are Cool, Too!

A team of biologists drops off a cliff to learn more about one rare plant, but ends up discovering something completely unexpected with the help of science Twitter….

Video: Allegheny Ice and the Blue False Indigo | Plants are Cool, Too!

Key concept: Even plants we use in gardens can be rare in nature – and student Cheyenne Moore is doing her best to help protect one of the…

Video: Rare plant biodiversity protection at the National Tropical Botanical Garden | Plants Are Cool, Too

Behind-the-scenes view of the plant conservation pipeline at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’i, where plant people are working every day to protect the plants of Hawai’i…

Video: Hunting for New Species in the Chihuahuan Desert (15:00), by Chris Martine

Key concepts: 1) New species are continuing to evolve right before our eyes, and 2) Scientists often work across international borders. What do you get when a team…

Video: Restoring Forests on Old Coal Mines (10:00), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: How one coal region community is inspiring recreational vehicle users to help restore forests on lands devastated by mining. Many off-roaders think conservationists are all…

Video: Carnivorous Pitcher Plants (13:16), by Chris Martine

Key concept: How pitcher plants lure, trap, and digest insect prey… with the help of millions of mystery microbes. Guest expert for this episode of “Plants are Cool,…

Video: Hawkmoth Pollination in the Desert (14:43), by Chris Martine

Key concept: Isolated populations of desert wildflowers are kept connected thanks to moths that might carry pollen as much as 18 miles per night. Dr. Krissa Skogen (Chicago…

Video: Skunk Cabbage is Smelly… and Important (8:37), by Chris Martine

Smelling like a dead animal (or a zombie) and having thermogenesis works out well for the plant known as skunk cabbage; and having this plant around works out…

Video: Fossilized Forests (14:59), by Chris Martine

Key concept: Most plant fossils are impressions, but the ones in  Clarkia, Idaho are actual leaves encased in rock for the last 15 millions years… and we might…

Video: Can a Fence Help Solve Hawaii’s Biodiversity Crisis? (7:22), by Chris Martine

Key concept: The first predator-proof management fence installed in the US is helping to prevent species extinction in Hawaii. Dr. Marian Chau and Kim Shay are the guest…

Video: The Last Real Forest in New York (7:04), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: The largest cities on the planet are home to millions of humans, but there is still plenty of nature to discover and appreciate in these…

Video: Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots (8:21), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: Plants that survive in parking lots might be considered “weeds,” but they are also really great examples of extremophiles – organisms that survive, thrive, and…