Author Archives: Evelyn Brister

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: Genome Fidelity and the American Chestnut


This article is in Climate and Energy, Summer 2017


A full-sized American chestnut was a sight to behold: a hundred feet in height, a trunk 10 feet in diameter, covered in white bracts of funky, acrid-smelling flowers. But on a walk through Appalachian forests today, you won’t find tasty chestnuts or the tree that bears them. Instead, all you’ll see are spindly knee-high twigs […]