Dec. 8: Post Doc Joseph Mascaro writes “I was honored to join Emma Marris (journalist and author), Peter Kareiva (chief scientist of the Nature Conservancy) and Carnegie alumnus Erle Ellis in a full-throated defense of the Anthropocene concept, which appears on Thursday's (12/8/2011) op-ed page of the New York Times”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/opinion/the-age-of-man-is-not-a-disaster.html?ref=opinion#> The article concludes “The Anthropocene does not represent the failure of environmentalism. It is the stage on which a new, more positive and forward-looking environmentalism can be built. This is the Earth we have created, and we have a duty, as a species, to protect it and manage it with love and intelligence. It is not ruined. It is beautiful still, and can be even more beautiful, if we work together and care for it.”
Dec. 31: Dear Colleagues: Helping to produce the Monthly Newsletters for the last nine years has allowed me to feel useful and connected to your important mission. After almost 50 years of working with colleagues at the Carnegie Institution for Science, first in the Dept. of Plant Biology on Photosynthesis until 1987 and then returning in the fall of 2002 as a volunteer Editor in the new Dept. of Global Ecology, it is time for me to retire again. I hope I am able to see and communicate with many of you in the future and wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year and great success in your careers.
Jan Brown, <firstname.lastname@example.org>