Posts

July 08, 2014

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10:32 AM | Students Discover: The first week
If you’ve been following our Twitter feed this past week, you may have noticed some new faces that have popped up on our team (if you haven’t, there’s a handy Storify at the end of this post to catch you up!) We’ve been joined by 12 outstanding Kenan Fellows at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. They are embedded teacher-scientists, our first cohort of Students Discover Fellows, learning and doing science alongside our very enthusiastic team of […]
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5:48 AM | Save National Wildlife Refuges from Oil and Gas Mining
The national wildlife refuges across the United States are unprotected against oil spills and contamination from natural gas drilling. Continue reading →
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3:47 AM | El Niño Project (Part 4)
As the first big step in our El Niño prediction project, Graham Jones replicated the paper by Ludescher et al that I explained last time. Let’s see how this works! Graham did it using R, a programming language that’s good for statistics. If you prefer another language, go ahead and write software for that… and […]
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3:47 AM | El Nino Project (Part 4)
As the first big step in our El Niño prediction project, Graham Jones replicated the paper by Ludescher et al that I explained last time. Let’s see how this works! Graham did it using R, a programming language that’s good for statistics. If you prefer another language, go ahead and write software for that… and […]
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1:29 AM | A Critical Petition to Sanction Thailand for Ivory Trafficking
Immediate action needed. Sign the petition urging CITES representatives of Europe and the US and all members of the Standing Committee to sanction Thailand now. Continue reading →
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12:26 AM | Against the grain…
Scientific thinking, which is analytic and objective, goes against the grain of traditional human thinking, which is associative and subjective. Alan Cromer, American physicist and educator I am going to have a sign put up all over my plant, reading … Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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10:36 PM | Petition to Ban U. S. Ivory Sales
The United States is one of the world's largest markets for ivory. Continue reading →
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9:19 PM | Please Sign Petition to Stop Wildlife “Services” From Killing Canada Geese | Exposing the Big Game
Petition to stop Wildlife Services from killing Canada Geese Continue reading →
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7:39 PM | Dead-ant wall protects young spider wasps
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 4:00pm, July 7, 2014 A newly discovered species of wasp (D) leaves its eggs in cavities (A) protected by dead ants (B and C).Merten Ehmig (A, B), Michael Staab (C, D) When members of one family of wasps, Pompilidae, are adults, they feast on floral nectar. But they’re known as “spider wasps” because they get their start in life by […]
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6:17 PM | Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good
[ This post is by Devon Pearse; I am just putting it up. –B. ]Identifying the genomic basis of complex, ecologically important phenotypes has become a major obsession among many evolutionary geneticists. Recently, some of the best successes in finding them have been in systems in which strong divergent selection has driven genetic changes at a few significant loci. These situations in the wild are analogous to the strong artificial selection imposed in plant and animal breeding. Certain […]
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6:05 PM | Democratizing the Study of Ants
Across the world, ants are among the first animals children learn to recognize. They are diverse, abundant, and ecologically important from the tops of canopy trees to the soil underfoot and from tropical rainforests to deserts and even backyards and playgrounds. It may surprise you, then, to hear that we know very little about even the identity of those ant species that live closest to us – those sharing our cities and eating our discarded food. As a scientist, I’m fascinated about […]
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5:08 PM | Do exotic, invasive, aliens keep you up at night? Are they in your neighborhood? by Madhusudan Katti
Most of us live in cities now, which must seem like rather exotic, alien habitats to other denizens of our planet, full of strange creatures they’ve never encountered before. By which I mean not just us hairless apes, but many other species too, from distant corners of the Earth. For we also tend to fill our […]
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4:39 PM | Parachuting In: Writing that Drops Readers into the Field of Ecology
“Facts don’t have the power to change someone’s story… your goal is to introduce a new story that will let your facts in,” wrote Annette Simmons in her book, The Story Factor. The quote was a game-changer for me, professionally. This guest post is by Clarisse Hart, a member of the “Eco Comm Crew” behind the upcoming “Beyond the Written Word” science communication workshop (#15) at ESA’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento.
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3:05 PM | How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
 
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1:26 PM | Which preprint server should I use?
Preprints are rapidly becoming popular in biology as a way to speed up the process of science, get feedback on manuscripts prior to publication, and establish precedence (Desjardins-Proulx et al. 2013). Since biologists are still learning about preprints I regularly get asked which of the available preprint servers to use. Here’s the long-form version of […]
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1:23 PM | Monday open thread: Rebellion against the Human Brain Project (updated x3, now with more gossip)
FENS, the major European neuroscience meeting, is currently under way. That makes today a good time to announce a European rebellion against the Human Brain Project (HBP). HBP is something like a European-equivalent of the BRAIN Initiative that has people in such a fuss over here in the US except it’s been underway for a year and […]
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1:00 PM | Worth Reading: Hobby Lobby edition
Journalists and commentators cover the latest developments following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the implications for women's health, the context of past decisions, and more.
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12:47 PM | The Extreme Life of the Sea – review
SUMMARY: Marine biologist Stephen Palumbi and his science writer son Anthony Palumbi's engaging book beautifully captures the long history and immense diversity of life in the world's oceans As you may know, yesterday was World Oceans Day so I spent part of the day reading a newly-published book about the world's oceans: The Extreme Life of the Sea [Princeton University Press, 2014; Amazon UK/audio download UK; Amazon US/kindle US/Audible book US]. Written by marine biologist Stephen Palumbi […]
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12:00 PM | What happens in the canopy stays in the canopy.
For a few years, I’ve harbored a very cool (at least to me) natural history idea. But it’s a big technical challenge. The required fieldwork is never going to happen by me. So, I should write a blog post about it, right? Bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) are one of the most charismatic creatures in Neotropical…
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11:44 AM | Dynamic Ecology meetup during Wed. poster session at #ESA2014!
Meg, Brian, and I will all be at the ESA meeting this year. We decided it would be fun to have a meetup with Dynamic Ecology readers. So we’ll commandeer a table in the poster hall from 5:30-6:30 during the … Continue reading →
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11:40 AM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Eliza’s (Sort of) Farewell
This is Eliza Perry’s final blog post as a Hubbard Fellow.  However, as you’ll see below, it is not the end of her employment with The Nature Conservancy.  Meanwhile, two new Fellows have moved in to fill the void left … Continue reading →
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2:20 AM | The Puzzle of Delhi’s Air Pollution
The recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report on Ambient Air Pollution for 2014 showcases a variety of alarming results: across 1600 cities from 91 countries, and covering the period from 2008 to 2013, the cities with the lowest levels of … Continue reading →

July 06, 2014

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9:52 PM | Celebrating Native Bees
As you were enjoying celebrations this July 4th weekend, you may have noticed many bees flying around your yard or neighborhood park, pollinating flowers and vegetables. As I earlier shared here on the Your Wild Life blog, I am researching many of these native bees in urban areas. Specifically, I am studying how temperature influences the native bee community in Raleigh. In some areas, I put up bundles of bamboo to sample which bees will nest there. Most bees are solitary, unlike honey bees or […]
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5:06 PM | World’s Oceans Face “Irreparable Damage” – YouTube
Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability... Continue reading →
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3:06 AM | Researchers Assisted By SDSC In Novel Wildlife Tracking Project–Not
researchers-assisted-by-sdsc-in-novel-wildlife-tracking-project-science-news-redorbit Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Manipulating the Numbers in Montana Wolf Policies
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July 05, 2014

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9:14 PM | Beavers in U.K. Will Become Extinct Again?
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7:44 PM | Accidental truth
The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas Henry Huxley. Accidental truth of a conclusion is no compensation for erroneous deduction. Arthur Eddington The very truth, … Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Invasive Palm Threatens Java Rhino To Extinction
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5:09 PM | You are neuroecology
Can we say that a great idea pops up again and again? I just found this great quote from a really random book, Change Your Brain (bolding etc mine): Predictably enough, most of those who used drugs during the 1960s and 1970s glorified the drugs and raved incoherently about inner experiences, but failed to realize that […]
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