What We’re Reading: April 29, 2016

The Long View on Saving Endangered Species This short piece (open) about black footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) conservation reminds us that when we aim to “save species” we’re playing a long game.  The author applauds both 30 years of consistent hard work, and particularly the creation of a semen bank and artificial insemination program that…

Earth Week 2016: Earth Day Resolutions for Year-Round Impact

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

Earth Week 2016: Upgrade Your Yard for Wildlife by Letting it Go

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

Earth Week 2016: Creating Conservation Advocates

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

Earth Week 2016: Conserving biodiversity by watching your waste

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore: food production on…

Earth Week 2016: Conserving Biodiversity While at the Grocery Store

We’re celebrating Earth Week 2016 with suggestions for how to apply the phrase “Earth Day Every Day” to conserving biodiversity. There are a number of great suggestions for things you can do every day to conserve energy and water; but we asked ourselves, what actions can we take to conserve biodiversity? This week we’ll explore:…

Eavesdropping on Elephants

I’ve made it no secret that forest elephants are hidden giants, concealed by the vast canopy cover of Central African forests. To study them, one has to get creative. For me, it was collecting dung. For Dr. Peter Wrege, it’s sound. Wrege’s background is cemented in bird behavior, but for the past decade he has been heading…

What We’re Reading- March 25, 2016

Where in the World did Yams come from? I always find myself downloading and reading phylogeography or population genetics papers about my favorite foods!  I think it’s interesting how much diversity there is even though we only eat a few varieties.  This paper (sub) observed deep divergence (50 MYA) in nine clades of yams (genus Dioscorea,…

Landmark Studies for Evolution

First up, this post is about using landmarks (on bones) to answer evolutionary questions, not my list of significant papers in evolution*.  Landmarks are points on a specimen (e.g. bones, leafs, etc) that can be identified based on a specific rule (example- widest part of the cheek bone).  I’ve highlighted a few landmarks on two bear…

Pollinators: Fashion forward, but in Decline

Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming in real life and in prints of your favorite designers. With flowers come the buzzing of bees, flies, and butterflies – important pollinators. When visiting flowers to forage on nectar and pollen, pollinators move pollen that gets stuck to their bodies from the anthers (male part of the plant) of one flower…

When Science meets Parliament

Last week I had the privilege of spending two days at the 16th “Science meets Parliament”. It was an eye opening experience and I’ve learnt a lot… but let me explain… Science meets Parliament is an annual event run by Science and Technology Australia (STA), the peak body representing Australian science and technology. It includes…