Taking a closer look at the relationships of life on earth
When studying science and the world around us, there is a tendency to walk a reductionist path, breaking every system down to individual components in order to understand how it works. This strategy has certainly shed light on many fundamental principles pertaining to life on earth, leading to immeasurably impactful discoveries. However, as new technologies emerge and perspectives widen, we are able to take a more holistic viewpoint in our quest to understand the underlying complexities of life. Everyday, we are learning that a “unit of life” is more than a single organism. We can see these relationships everywhere we look. No one and nothing is alone.
“Symbioses are the ultimate examples of success through collaboration and the powerful benefits of intimate relationships.” – David Relman
On any given walk through the woods, there are a multitude of scenes playing themselves out on a scale too small to capture through the traditional camera lens. At RockEDU Science Outreach, we want to celebrate the little things that are important to life’s complex relationships, but might be missed. In our new campaign, Parts Per Millions (#PPM), we take a closer look at what is growing in the world around us.