Self-help app for caveman brains

I’m a meta-learner–I love learning about learning. I’m even a meta-teacher–I have to resist the urge to teach uninvited about teaching. I’ve loved teaching college freshmen about the meta– prefix when I urge them to be more metacognitive–to understand their own understanding. They have recognized and labeled the cinematic exemplar of meta- as “Inception.” But…

Fall color envy

It’s the last day of 2020, and the leaves have already thinned in most of the tree canopy on our property in Acadiana. In Michigan and Vermont, Mother Nature’s big swaths of color inspired foliage tours, tracking apps, calendars and jigsaw puzzles. But here in Louisiana, this comparatively anemic spurt of red stopped me in…

There is no They. And Context Matters.

Biologists, of all people, should understand variation in populations. We know, when we look up close, that not all the anoles or irises or E. coli in a habitat are identical, genetically or otherwise. Even if they were, they are probably not at the same stage of development, or have not experienced the exact same “nurture” with respect to…

Bonjour et bienvenue!

I’m Dr. Phyllis Baudoin Griffard, a biologist and educator who is committed to making biology relevant to everyone, wherever they live. Via OurBio, I hope my collaborators and I can show that textbook, universal biology can come alive with interesting local variation, in your own backyard and community, with your own family and friends. Watch…