Spring Ephemerals in Your Backyard: A Webcomic

Written and Illustrated by Uma Nagendra

They have been sleeping for nearly a year, but now is the time to awaken

10383880_668984881812_1885009311966321719_nUma Nagendra is a PhD Candidate at the University of Georgia and became interested in studying natural disasters since Hurricane Katrina hit her hometown of New Orleans.  She enjoys finding creative ways to demonstrate complicated ecological concepts—preferably if it involves running around outside or drawing pictures.  When not crawling over downed trees in North Georgia, Uma enjoys aerial circus arts and all kinds of dancing. She can be reached at uma.nagendra@gmail.com or followed on Twitter @atinytornado.

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