New Series Will Explore Wonders of the Natural World from a Scientific and Social Perspective

BOSTON, MA – The Museum of Science, Boston, this week launches a new blog series on its website, dedicated to the wonders of our planet, and the urgent need to conserve it. Titled The Earth Around Us, the series blends science and non-science research to offer big-picture perspectives on the natural world with relevance to the past, present and future of New England.  The first post, “Climates Have Always Changed: So What’s Different Now?” can be read now at

Authored by Emlyn Koster, The Earth Around Us will serve as a resource for informed living in the Anthropocene, an emerging term in the Geologic Timescale that draws attention to humanity’s escalating disruption of natural processes. The series will cover such profound topics as the different perils of extreme weather and climate change, the dynamic interplay of environmental health and human health, and the oral traditions of Indigenous Peoples that nourish an interest to be good ancestors in a multi-generation context.

“We are honored to host a series that can offer deep thinking about the magnificence of this planet and inspire action in how we all can do our part to preserve it,” said Tim Richie, President of the Museum of Science, Boston.  “Dr. Koster’s experience and knowledge on the impact of humanity on the Earth, and conversely the Earth’s impact on humanity, should give us all respect for the delicate balance of interdependence.”

A geologist, museologist and humanist, Dr. Koster earned a BSc from the University of Sheffield and PhD from the University of Ottawa, with experiences in landscapes and cultures on six continents including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  A former board chair of the Geological Association of Canada, Institute of Learning Innovation, and Giant Screen Theater Association, he has been the chief executive of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Ontario Science Centre, Liberty Science Center, and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He is an adjunct professor in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.

“I am thrilled to partner with the innovative Museum of Science”, Dr. Koster notes. “Posing topical questions and styled like a newspaper’s editorial column, my blog posts will add a new dimension to the Museum’s online outreach.”

Adding context from the Museum’s exhibitions and programs about this changing planet, The Earth Around Us blog series will publish monthly on the Museum’s website. To read more, please visit,