The first annual GEMS retreat was held on September 15, 2021 at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center. More than 35 GEMS trainees and faculty from the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago gathered for a retreat focused on cross-disciplinary integration.
More than three billion years ago, the tree of life sprouted. As life diversified, the branches of the tree spread, each fork a common ancestor, each proceeding branch a diverging lineage, and every terminating leaf an extant species. The tree has flourished (despite several harsh prunings) for eons hence.
One of the most charismatic faces of the climate crisis and our changing world is the humble honey bee. According to the USDA, honey bees are responsible for every one in three bites of food we eat, and without them, it has been estimated that yields on more than 30% of agricultural land worldwide would decrease.
Save the bees! Protect the pollinators! Phrases like these are heard all the time, but what do they mean? Pollinators are animals (usually insects) that help the transfer of pollen from flower to flower, leading to the fertilization and reproduction of plants.