About the Blog


This blog is a project authored by Duke University first year students enrolled in Writing 20 “The Billion Dollar Problem of Aquatic Invasive Species” taught by Dr. Sandra Cooke in the Thompson Writing Program. Many of our blog posts are “research highlights” (like in the journal Nature) that succinctly present the findings and implications of a primary research article that a student is using as part of a larger writing project (e.g., a literature review). Other blog posts are brief commentaries on scholarly articles we’ve read as a class or certain issues in invasive species science that we’ve discussed in class. The purposes of the blog are to:

  1. Practice and improve our ability to write clearly, accurately, and succinctly about meaningful issues for a broad audience
  2. Facilitate the sharing of information, resources, and ideas with each other
  3. Move our writing beyond the Writing 20 classroom so that our conversation can be extended to a more public venue

To that end, we invite you to comment on our blog posts and let us know what you think! For more details about our course please see the syllabus or e-mail Dr. Cooke.

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    From left to right:  the exotic water flea Daphnia lumholtzi (by Sandra Cooke); the aquatic weed giant salvinia invading a pond (by Wildlife Pro); bighead carp in the Illinois River (by Kevin Irons at INHS); zebra mussels clogging a water pipe (by New York Sea Grant)