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My uncle, Herb Pownall, helped transport several hundred head of cattle and horses to Germany as part of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration’s post-war relief effort following the end of WWII. Herb  was recently interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio and his interview published as a Human Nature podcast. I loved hearing him tell this story in his own voice — particularly because I had never heard it before now. As a bonus, Human Nature has posted a great selection of photos Herb took during his adventure.

Herb Pownall wanted to see the world. So he boarded a ship bound for Europe…along with 800 cows.


Herb Pownall at his home. Credit Ali Grossman


bamboo and ferns in peruvian rainforest

Bamboo forest in southern Peru (Image via Wikipedia)

A big shout-out to my niece, Jennifer M. Jacobs, and her husband, Rudolf von May, for their great article on biodiversity in the Amazon’s bamboo jungle, “Forests of Grass” in the 12/11-1/12 issue of Natural History magazine. Jenny is a doctoral student in the Dept. of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, while Rudy is a post-doc.  A few of her great insect photos– her primary focus —  illustrate their article.I’ve heard many stories of Jenny and Rudy’s work in the Amazon — including a big amphibian study in the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru. It’s great to see their work in print!

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