What We’re Reading- July 10, 2015

Congratulations to SNPits blogger Stephanie for her new paper on raccoon relatedness under different experimental feeding systems. Stephanie and her coauthors found that clumped feeding resulted in shifted home range distributions of raccoons, thereby disrupting natural patterns of relatedness. Mammals tend to have one sex that disperses so that related individuals do not mate with…

What we’re reading: Aug 22, 2014

Who dispersed the seeds? DNA barcoading applications are now being used on seeds, not to determine the species of the plant but which species dispersed the seeds. In this paper, researchers were able to extract DNA from the surface of the seeds to identify the avian species that regurgitated or defecated it. Mountain lions? More…