Contact | 0 article

Rooted in St. Louis: ‘Dirt’ is a dirty word

Soil, known to some farmers as black gold, is as much a necessity as water, but is nowhere near as simple. Beneath your feet lives a complex chemical stew of geologic and organic components, of swimming microbes and rhizomatic networks.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: Outside of textbooks, learning from the flora of Missouri

What one sophomore is learning through an internship at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: The Tyson Center, a research ecosystem

Tyson can be used for experimentation precisely because it is not untouched wilderness. “This is WashU’s hidden gem,” Natural Resources Coordinator and Staff Scientist Beth Biro said.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: Professor Gayle Fritz illuminates the history of St. Louis human-plant relationships at Cahokia

How does one study plants that no longer exist? In short: burnt seeds. Paleoethnobotanists sift through ancient dirt at archaeological dig sites to find seeds preserved by partial burning. Once back at the lab, they spend much of their time studying minute differences in seed morphology.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: Behind the scenes with Cody Azotea

In conversations with Washington University’s thriving botanical community, one man comes up more than any other: Cody Azotea.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: The Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden is a garden with a purpose. Pretty as it is, each plant is selected with the entire ecosystem in mind.

| Staff Writer

Clean our Green: WU senior sets out to complete mammoth park clean-up project

While the Wash. U. environment has a dedicated team behind it, most smaller parks in St. Louis do not.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: The creation of a campus forest

One of the misconceptions we have about nature is that we are somehow separate from it, that we can organize humans into one box and nature into another us. Humans like to think of ourselves as special, and the idea of unadulterated wilderness is an appealing myth. Yet, to truly grasp nature, we have to put ourselves in it, to understand our role as a part of that system.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: Spring, hope and our favorite trees on campus

Just as we humans retreat indoors to escape the chill and ditch our Hawaiian shirts, so too do the trees retreat inwards to their roots and ditch their colorful leaves.

| Staff Writer

Rooted in St. Louis: The Ethnobotanical Work of Professor Memory Elvin-Lewis

Many years later, having dedicated her life to the study of medicinal plants both in the Amazon and across the world, Memory Elvin-Lewis looks back on her time in Peru with fondness. “It was a wonderful adventure, just a totally excellent and super adventure, and I miss it every day.”

| Staff Writer

Sign up for the email edition

Stay up to date with everything happening at Washington University and beyond.