The story's cover art - a fusion of an old black-and-white photograph of Frank Shoemaker reaching out with a net and a yellow layered pattern over the sky.

My name is Emma Krab. I’m a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a story production intern with Platte Basin Timelapse. I’m a small town girl with a family tree that has generations of roots in this river basin. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not an ecologist. I’m not a conservationist. But, I […]

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan In 1994, around 4 a.m., a magnitude 6.7 earthquake knocked out the power in Los Angeles. Many residents went outside to check on each other and their homes. It was when they looked up at the sky, that they realized there were lights in […]

While working on my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I lived in Omaha and commuted to Lincoln. Over time, I grew to admire the landscapes surrounding the cities. One of my favorite moments occurred when a rolling fog hovered just above the surface of the ground on each side of the interstate. The […]

Managed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Grassland Studies, Nine-Mile Prairie is one of the last remnants of the once expansive tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Throughout eastern Nebraska, a dedicated group of people are working to conserve and restore prairies like Nine-Mile Prairie.⁠ ⁠ This video was produced by Ethan Freese of Platte Basin Timelapse […]

My name is Emma Krab. I’m a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a story production intern with Platte Basin Timelapse. I’m a small town girl with a family tree that has generations of roots in this river basin. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not an ecologist. I’m not a conservationist. But, I […]

Me and my rental car were lost, on a skinny gravel road that Google maps claimed was the way to Cedar Point Biological Station. I reached a padlocked gate and pulled over. At the same time, another car was headed away from the gate, so I waved it down and out stepped John Janovy, Jr., […]

Grasslands once spanned across Nebraska in waves, from the tallgrass prairies in the east to the shortgrass prairie in the west and all the mixed-grass prairies in between. The history of Nebraska’s grasslands are deeply intertwined with the history of its people. Indigenous peoples across the Great Plains possess diverse and intimate knowledge about the […]

…it is not enough to weep for our lost landscapes; we have to put our hands in the earth to make ourselves whole again. Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head […]

For this studio, I was asked to design a transit corridor in downtown Lincoln that minimizes reliance on the automobile while supporting sustainable modes of transportation. Operating within the belief that sustainable settlements must accommodate the needs of survival, purpose, ecology, and heritage the Platte Basin Parkway Project integrates these factors by connecting people to […]