Holly is a graduate student in Environmental Management at the University of Kiel, Germany, where she climbs a lot, drinks tea, and enjoys the brief lapses of sunshine. She can be reached at holly.mckelvey@mail.uni-kiel.de

 


ICELAND'S VOLCANIC UNDERBELLY

How do oceans open and islands form? Follow Iceland's slow rise to the surface from the widening floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

AUTUMNAL AMPHIPODS

In which Holly McKelvey conducts a perplexed investigation into tiny uninvited houseguests

THE SKY ISLANDS OF THE ANDES

Take a walk through the soaring peaks of the tropical alpine. In this world of wild extremes, it is summer by day, and winter by night. Photos by Daniela Martinez Medina.

THE ECHO OF RAIN

The system that delivers water to California's dry southlands may be what holds the state through its three year drought.

YOUR BODY FIGHTS THE ICE

The beginning of winter can seem unbearably cold, but by spring our bodies are seemingly immune to the chill in the air. We get under your skin to find out why.

AN ODE TO THE ELEGANCE OF SEDIMENT

On a stroll down an icy beach, Holly McKelvey meditates on stories written in rock.

THIS GREY WORLD

A photo essay on the muted hues of winter.
Photos by Daniela Martínez Medina.

ANTHOCYANIN: SUNBLOCK... FOR AUTUMN LEAVES

Ever wonder why fall heralds the stunning golds and reds of changing foliage? We get inside leaves, and to the heart of the matter.

LETTING NATURE SPEAK UP

Along a protected stretch of the California coastline, Holly McKelvey teaches visitors to love their local environment by building a relationship with the landscape. Welcome to the personal side of environmental education.

AUTUMN ANAEROBES

How fermentation preserves the spoils of the harvest,
and how you can make sauerkraut at home.