Marie Jacobson Noyes

Plausible Futures

in collaboration with Dustin Heim

Researchers arrive at Twin Oaks Center in the half light of dawn - driving past a ghost town of abandoned houses, gas stations, schools, and hotels. Concern for health and safety in this suburban town has caused mass exodus back to urban centers. This dedicated team of scientists and researchers has been carefully monitoring the emergent ecology rising from abandoned stockpiles of pesticides and chemicals. Exposure to these radical substances and the changing chemistry of the water has caused some strange adaptations in the wildlife. As one researcher tells us, “We’re looking at animals of unusual bulk, weeds cropping up with unusual coloration; all becoming overgrown and potentially lethal. As their lifecycles continue and we see the next generation of growth, we just don’t know what will happen.”