Category: Richard Primack

Trees at Walden Pond putting out leaves earlier with climate change

United Press International Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences Trees at Walden Pond are leafing almost 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made observations at the Massachusetts lake in the 1850s, a study found… Expert quote: “By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that climate change is creating a whole new risk […]

Thoreau’s Walden is leafing out weeks earlier

Futurity News Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences The leaf-out times of trees and shrubs at Walden Pond are an average of 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made his observations there in the 1850s, a new climate study shows… Expert quote: “By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that […]

BU professor adapting biology textbook for other countries

Boston Globe (subscription required) Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences English is the international language of science. Its near-universal use to communicate and disseminate new findings and results has arguably had real benefits, allowing people to gain access to the world’s scientific knowledge by learning a single language… View full article

Waiting in the wings

The Scientist Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, butterfly collectors in the United Kingdom descended each spring upon fens, forests, and grasslands where prized insects thrived… Expert quote: “This is something that there’s been a lot of speculation about—how climate change is affecting food webs. […]

Oldest Known Fruit Tree In U.S. Still Bears Pears After Nearly 400 Years

Huffington Post Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of 383, more or less — and biologists find its remarkable longevity a bit baffling… Expert quote: “Generally, fruit trees don’t last very long, so it’s unusual. It is in relatively […]

In Concord,Thoreau’s notes evidence of climate change

MetroWest Daily News Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences After his walks, Henry David Thoreau recorded the dates garlic mustard, pink lady slippers and dozens of local flowers bloomed, never imagining a Boston scientist would use his observations 150 years later to prove spring is now arriving earlier with dramatic environmental consequences… View full […]

Will Global Warming Slow Down the Boston Marathon?

Discovery News Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences When the gun goes off to start the Boston Marathon on Monday, the temperature is forecast to be in the 50s — in other words, perfect record-setting weather… Expert quote: “By the year 2100, the average temperature at Boston will have changed enough to affect race […]