Proximity Dosage

In Search of Pollen One of my favorite pollen excursions was when I went in search of mountain cedar trees in Northern Arkansas. Before I tell the story, let give you some insider information: Mountain cedar trees release pollen (pollinate) in December and January and are a big allergy/asthma/health problem in Southern Oklahoma, Dallas, and The Hill Country of Texas. The trees are in little pockets in Northern Arkansas but this is not well known and they aren’t considered much of a problem for allergy sufferers in that region because there are so few of…

Check Your Surfaces

Tedious Field Work When I was studying pollen at the University of Tulsa (go Golden Hurricane!) one of my tasks was to estimate the amount of pollen produced in a mountain cedar forest. To do that, you must first know that mountain cedars are dioecious, meaning that there are male trees and female trees. Since the male flowers produce the pollen, you need to estimate how many male trees there are in a given area. Then you have to estimate the number of male flowers on an average tree (in this case, the flowers are…

Knowledge Reduces Suffering

It’s a Trap! On my first day in the “field” as a PhD student, my advisor and I pulled up to Camp Classen, a YMCA camp in the rolling Arbuckle Mountains of south central Oklahoma. We were there scouting juniper trees, the subject of my dissertation. It was a warm and sunny early December afternoon, and although the leaves had fallen from the oak trees, I marveled at the beauty of this quiet little camp. There were horses, a pond, rustic cabins and thick woods. I was visiting the site because I was about to…

Mobile App News

Progress on our mobile app continues as we flesh out the interface and lay the groundwork for real-time mobile data.

We're working on interface elements, cool graphics and clever programming that will allow mobile users to get real-time particulate counts for pollen, dust, silica and mold. As our network of automated sensors grows, the app will give timely information about the location of airborne particulates. Folks who need to monitor allergens and irritants can manage exposure times and intensities better…