Brand New Results: Will Share in 2 Years

I got new results today; like really exciting results!  Results I have spent the past five years dreaming about producing!  My first inclination was to post about it on Twitter because I.Am.So.Excited!!!  But of course I didn’t because that’s not how we roll in science.  I’ve got to confirm my new results in several ways…

Breaking Through the Masses at Scientific Conferences

I’m off to the 2017 Wildlife Society Conference tomorrow. I’ve been to 22 conferences over the years, yet, I still find it can be an awkward experience to meet new colleagues. People think I am a social butterfly, but when you walk into a ballroom full of groups of people standing around tiny tables it…

Top 10 Reasons Science is Patriotic

Patriotism is defined as “having or showing great love and support for your country.” This Fourth of July, American bloggers Stephanie Schuttler and Emily Puckett show how supporting science reflects great love and support for the United States of America and is a democratic process in and of itself. Science inspires. Scientific and technological innovations made…

Making Science Real in Non-Majors Science Class

For the longest time, I complained about teaching one class, non-majors biology. While many teaching assistants complained about students, for me, it was the content I was teaching. The problem wasn’t that it was too simple and not advanced like in a majors class, it was that it was not relevant to the students’ lives (or…

Behind the Paper: Finding Friendships in Secretive Elephants

Despite being the largest land animals, two species of wild elephant still have many mysteries. Even today, where you can connect with people across the world in seconds, where we have Google images of every corner of the planet, there are still unexplored mysteries. One of these mysterious species is the African forest elephant, recently…

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: The Stories Behind the Science

Recently my paper was published at PLoS ONE (yay!). Although, I have published before, this was my biggest paper to date in that it was one that I spearheaded the whole way through. I went to the field, collected the data, processed all of the samples, analyzed all of the data, and wrote it all….