July 27, 2014

3:02 PM | Swarm Sunday: 7/20/14 – 7/26/14
We’re still moving along fairly slowly this year.  In the past week, I received reports from the following locations: USA: Bulterville, AK Los Angeles, CA Madison, CT (2 reports) Long Beach, NY Port Washington, WI Canada: Saskatoon, SK And here is the map: Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge! The few […]
1:44 PM | Can we use anthropomorphic language in animal behaviour research?
A few months ago during the coffee break at an animal behaviour conference I was talking to a colleague about her research when she told me that to suggest that […]

July 26, 2014

3:39 AM | Friday 5: Staying Up WAY Too Late This Week
It’s National Moth Week!  Woo!  I’ve been up late every night this week watching moths and have been averaging about 5 hours of sleep nightly, so I’m a wee bit tired this late in the week.  It’s been quite the adventure too!  I started the week with my big, public moth viewing event for the museum where […]

July 25, 2014

3:12 PM | Weekly Weinersmith Episode 52: Deep sea ecology with Dr. Andrew David Thaler
A new episode of Weekly Weinersmith is up! This week we interviewed Dr. Andrew David Thaler about deep sea ecology […]
11:34 AM | Fluffy Friday – Internet Roundup
Fluffy Fridays have fallen by the wayside a bit as I keep up with the MOOC. This week has been a really interesting experience and in some ways, a lot of the discussions I was expecting, haven’t happened in the … Continue reading →
11:09 AM | The Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein – review
Why are some species naturally rare whilst others are common? Do rare species make any difference in the larger scheme? These questions have puzzled biologists for centuries. Truth be told, even today, scientists have uncovered just a few pieces within this complex puzzle as we discover in Eric Dinerstein's The Kingdom of Rarities [Island Press, 2014; Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US]. In this engaging and informative narrative, the reader accompanies the World Wildlife Fund's chief scientist on […]

July 24, 2014

3:04 AM | Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Not a Moth
National Moth Week is here, and I’ve spent more time than I’d care to admit watching and thinking about moths over the past five days.  Trust me: you’ll be inundated with my moth mania here soon!  Found this little guy on my front door a few nights ago though, and I had to share: That is […]

July 23, 2014

6:32 PM | Salvador Dumbo
I’ve spoken before about how YouTube and the explosion of camera phones has given animal behaviour researchers a a way of quantifying behaviour that is rarely seen, or would once have been thought of as anecdotal. Well here’s a short … Continue reading →
4:14 PM | Vaccine halves dengue cases
[Another version of this article was first published on SciDev.Net. Click here for link.]   A vaccine that can half the number of dengue cases will soon be available. A recent trial conducted in Southeast Asia shows that this dengue vaccine achieves a vaccine efficacy of 56.5%: the vaccine reduces an individual’s chance of getting […]
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