Sheila Goloborotko
The Day We Bomb the Moon, 2009
Oil, asphalt, gauze on canvas
48.5″ x 60.25″

Heather M. Malcom Photographer

Image of Phytoplankton (small, free-floating organisms that are able to photosynthesize) from the Hudson River. Most of the phytoplankton in this photograph are diatoms, which live in cases that they make out of glass.

Dr. David L. Strayer 
Freshwater Ecologist
 Ph.D., 1984, Cornell University
(http://www.caryinstitute.org/people_sci_strayer.html )
Photograph Heather Malcom, Cary Institute of Ecosystems Study
Dr. Strayer’s research is focused on the distribution and roles of freshwater invertebrates. He is co-author of The Pearly Mussels of New York State, a comprehensive book on unionids, a diverse and endangered group of animals.

NATURE CYCLES. As matter and energy flow through different levels of organization of living system–cells, organs, organisms, communities–and between living systems and the physical environment, chemical elements are recombined in different ways. Each recombination results in storage and dissipation of energy into the environment as heat. Matter and energy are conserved in each change. All matter tends toward more disorganized states. Living systems require a continuous input of energy to maintain their chemical and physical organizations. With death, and the cessation of energy input, living systems rapidly disintegrate. The complexity and organization of organisms accommodates the need for obtaining, transforming, transporting, releasing, and eliminating the matter and energy used to sustain the organism.