dr Lisa Schulte Moore
"What's the action of greatest impact?"
This is the question I have taped to the top of my computer screen. As a scientist, educator, and mom concerned with the fate of our planet, it’s something I contemplate on a daily basis. I recently had the opportunity to plumb the depths of my mind regarding this question while on a 500 mile solo road trip through arguably one of the planet’s most altered regions: the U.S. Corn Belt. One of the answers I came up with was to teach my children well, especially regarding the laws of nature and human interactions with them. I try to do so through our everyday activities—some spontaneous, and some planned—in the great outdoors of our local community.
Being a native of Wisconsin -- land of beer, brats, and polkas -- I've always dreamed of delivering a science presentation with a drink in my hand. I'd like to tell you that the realization of that dream was the whole reason I volunteered for a Science Café, but that wouldn't be entirely true. The real reason has more to do with a serendipity: the email announcing the Ecological Society of America's sponsorship of a Science Café in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting showed up in my in-box just as I was embarking on a new journey as a Leopold Leadership Fellow.