Cities as a glimpse of the future

from the Frank Lab Website
August 27, 2014

This is an essay I wrote about my recent research on cities and climate change; the results were just published in Global Change Biology.

About a year ago, I found myself sitting ruefully in a patch of chiggery grass by the side of the road near the little town of Bahama, North Carolina, waiting for a tow truck. I had stuck the lab pickup firmly in a ditch. It was tilted at an embarrassing, sickening angle and had one wheel lodged against the mouth of a culvert. Helpful passers-by with chains and four-wheel drives kindly offered to pull me out, but really only made matters worse.

My memory is already fuzzy about the sequence of events, but somewhere in there—between slipping into the ditch, the failed rescue attempts, and the final arrival of the giant tow truck—I did actually hike into the woods and get what I came for: eight slender red maple branches, clipped from trees growing in NC State’s Hill Forest.

Read more in the original post.

Maple branches--loaded with valuable information, sometimes hard to get.

This essay was also posted at The Abstract: NC State’s Research Blog and at

Additional news coverage:

Newsweek “Want to See the Earth After Global Warming? Move to the City” August 2014

Greenwire “Oak, maple pests thrive in warmer weather — study” August 2014

Entomology Today “Museum specimens show how scale insects will respond to climate change August 2014