Study Shows Homeowner Associations Can Support Native Species in Suburban Neighborhoods

AMHERST, Mass. – Although it’s known that construction of homes in suburban areas can have negative impacts on native plants and animals, a recent study led by University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologist Susannah Lerman suggests that well- managed residential development such as provided by homeowners associations (HOA) can in fact support native wildlife.

For their recent study published in Ecology and Society, Lerman and her colleagues Kelly Turner and Christofer

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Racer to Advocate: An Astronomy Professor’s Life on Two Wheels

James Lowenthal looks like a typical college professor. In his office at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, he is well dressed in tan corduroy pants and a gray sweater pulled over a plaid shirt. Dark, round glasses sit on the bridge of his nose. His hair is short and neat. At 48 years old, you might expect to see a few gray strands sprouting from his scalp or some faint

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