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April 16, 2014

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8:46 PM | Here Today, Dugong Tomorrow!
The Pristine Seas dive team battles rough seas in this update from the expedition team in Mozambique.
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8:46 PM | Here Today, Dugong Tomorrow!
The Pristine Seas dive team battles rough seas in this update from the expedition team in Mozambique.
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8:32 PM | Lack of respect for insects bugs a biologist
"Hey, watch where you step! Just because I'm an insect doesn't mean you should crush me!" Emory biologist Jaap de Roode will give students a bug's-eye view of the world in his Maymester course "Insect Biology." (Photo by CaPro/Wikipedia Commons.)“More than half of all animal species alive today are insects and it’s believed that there’s at least a million species of beetles alone,” says Emory biologist Jaap de Roode. “Yet most people will just see an insect and […]
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2:00 PM | QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots
Track wolves from their prey’s POV, explore seed diversity, and see the Great Plains from a new angle. Also, tag along with a scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops.
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10:13 AM | Tiger sharks: Each to their own diving depth
Despite some broad similarities, the diving behaviour of tiger sharks appears to vary greatly amongst individuals.  Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are one of the top predators in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. These large sharks are known to occupy both coastal and open seas, and can travel over both short and long distances. […]

Vaudo, J., Wetherbee, B., Harvey, G., Nemeth, R., Aming, C., Burnie, N., Howey-Jordan, L. & Shivji, M. (2014). Intraspecific variation in vertical habitat use by tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in the western North Atlantic, Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

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10:13 AM | Tiger sharks: Each to their own diving depth
Despite some broad similarities, the diving behaviour of tiger sharks appears to vary greatly amongst individuals.  Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are one of the top predators in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. These large sharks are known to occupy both coastal and open seas, and can travel over both short and long distances. […]

Vaudo, J., Wetherbee, B., Harvey, G., Nemeth, R., Aming, C., Burnie, N., Howey-Jordan, L. & Shivji, M. (2014). Intraspecific variation in vertical habitat use by tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in the western North Atlantic, Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

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April 15, 2014

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10:28 PM | Top 10 Photos of Adventure Science on the American Prairie
Landmark is the groundbreaking project that Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has undertaken in conjunction with American Prairie Reserve (APR) to provide “boots on the ground” support for the conservation management team at APR. Landmark crews spend 1-3 month-long stints on the reserve participating in all aspects of wildlife conservation research on foot, ski and bike giving them a…
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10:28 PM | Top 10 Photos of Adventure Science on the American Prairie
Landmark is the groundbreaking project that Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has undertaken in conjunction with American Prairie Reserve (APR) to provide “boots on the ground” support for the conservation management team at APR. Landmark crews spend 1-3 month-long stints on the reserve participating in all aspects of wildlife conservation research on foot, ski and bike giving them a…
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10:21 PM | Hold the drill! Fracking emitting more methane than previously thought
As politically divisive as hydraulic fracturing is, we still need much more data to determine its environmental effects before deciding if it can be major source of energy during our transition away from fossil fuels.  Unfortunately, this lack of data … Continue reading →

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K. & Stirm, B. (2014). Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:

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8:51 PM | Monarch Butterflies Shrink, Get Paler After Skipping a Meal
Brilliantly colored monarch butterflies literally are what they eat—and missing even one meal can be harmful, a new study says.
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8:51 PM | Monarch Butterflies Shrink, Get Paler After Skipping a Meal
Brilliantly colored monarch butterflies literally are what they eat—and missing even one meal can be harmful, a new study says.
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5:14 PM | NBA and WNBA players perform differently with age
Life-history traits are often shaped by a balance between somatic maintenance and reproductive investment. That is, an individual wants their own cells to be active, but also needs to invest in making offspring. This tension between natural and sexual selection can generate age-related physiological trajectories that differ between organisms, environments and populations. In simpler terms, […]

Lailvaux S.P., Wilson R. & Kasumovic M.M. (2014). Trait comparison and sex-specific aging of performance in male and female professional basketball players, Evolution, DOI:

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1:32 PM | PostDoc position for a forest modeller with stats knowledge in our lab
We are looking for candidates to fill a 3-yr postdoc position in our lab. The plan is to use Bayesian statistics to connected a process-based forest model to data, and use the fitted models to test the effect of functional diversity on ecosystem responses and community stability. Details here or via NatureJobs.

April 14, 2014

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10:59 PM | Diving Through Kelp With a Beautiful Giant
The Pristine Seas scientists explore a deep underwater kelp forest near Zavora Point in Mozambique, and are surprised by a giant-sized visitor during their surveys.
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10:59 PM | Diving Through Kelp With a Beautiful Giant
The Pristine Seas scientists explore a deep underwater kelp forest near Zavora Point in Mozambique, and are surprised by a giant-sized visitor during their surveys.
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7:59 PM | Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds
Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware. Read more »

Archer, C., Delle Monache, L. & Rife, D. (2014). Airborne wind energy: Optimal locations and variability, Renewable Energy, 64 180-186. DOI:

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4:30 PM | Screening Room - Is Eating Sushi Irresponsible? Sushi...
Screening Room - Is Eating Sushi Irresponsible? Sushi might’ve originated a simple food sold by Japanese street venders, but it is now enjoyed across the globe. This however comes at a cost. Anthony took time to watch the documentary “Sushi: The Global Catch” and tells you why your love for sushi is becoming a serious problem. via DNews Channel.
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11:13 AM | Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Chernobyl’s legacy endures Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s worst nuclear accident. With North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear…
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11:13 AM | Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Chernobyl’s legacy endures Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s worst nuclear accident. With North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear…
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8:41 AM | Evidence for the existence of three primary strategies in plants and its relevance to ecological and evolutionary theory
JP Grime. The American Naturalist 111(982): 1169-1194. Evidence for the existence of three primary strategies in plants and its relevance to ecological and evolutionary theory I’m a zoologist who somehow keeps looking at plants, and this paper is probably the best demonstration of how plant and animal ecologists really do seem to think differently (in my mind, […]

April 13, 2014

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11:14 AM | Skellam, 1952
Been reading the old distance-based density estimation literature recently. I love how they under-stated things back in the day, including article titles. For example, a 1952 paper by J.G. Skellam goes into great mathematical detail on the theory of spatial … Continue reading →

April 12, 2014

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3:07 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:07 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

April 11, 2014

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3:09 PM | Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms
A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy. Read more »

Ravi, S., Lobell, D. & Field, C. (2014). Tradeoffs and Synergies between Biofuel Production and Large Solar Infrastructure in Deserts, Environmental Science & Technology, 48 (5) 3021-3030. DOI:

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2:40 PM | Caterpillars Sneak into Ant Nests by Singing like Queens
Before they become butterflies, some caterpillars transform themselves into ants. Rather than living out in the open and braving predators while they grow up, these caterpillars sneak into ant nests for free food and lodging—or they just eat the ants. Either way, scientists have found, part of the caterpillars’ disguise involves mimicking the sounds of […]The post Caterpillars Sneak into Ant Nests by Singing like Queens appeared first on Inkfish.
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2:34 PM | Color-Changing Chameleons
Chameleons are famous for their quick color-changing abilities. It’s a common misperception that they do this to camouflage themselves against a background. In fact, chameleons mostly change color to regulate their temperatures or to signal their intentions to other chameleons. But how do they do it? Read more here: How Do Chameleons Change Colors?
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12:00 PM | The ‘natural’ solution might not be best when your wildlife isn’t natural
Many ecosystems have been degraded or modified, and these are the sorts of systems you target for restoration. But when a system has been altered so much the original species might not be the best choice to bring it back to health. Therefore, says Thomas Jones, you need to look at alternative species. A paper […]

April 10, 2014

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8:00 PM | Will drinking tea get us thinking about soils? Yes, but only if you help us spread the word!
Taru Lehtinen PhD candidate at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland tmk2@hi.is The Tea Bag Index Project wants to create a global map on decomposition with the help of citizen scientists. We use teabags to collect vital information on the global carbon cycle. With our protocol (see our web page and […]
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6:43 AM | Why do dogs lick people?
Just Wow. Photo: Chris Sembrot PhotographyHi Julie,Yes, but WHY? I loved Claudia Fugazza's guest post about drawing on dogs' social imitation capacities to learn as copy-cats in the Do as I do training technique. Good stuff! A few things collided this week that resulted in me deciding to look into why dogs lick people. The first was the Huffington Post 'This Is What Happens When You Ask People To Kiss Their Dogs In Front Of A Camera' (example above from Chris Sembrot's 'For the love […]

Bradshaw J.W.S., Blackwell E.J. & Casey R.A. (2009). Dominance in domestic dogs—useful construct or bad habit?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 4 (3) 135-144. DOI:

Bonanni R., Cafazzo S., Valsecchi P. & Natoli E. (2010). Effect of affiliative and agonistic relationships on leadership behaviour in free-ranging dogs, Animal Behaviour, 79 (5) 981-991. DOI:

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6:43 AM | Why do dogs lick people?
Just Wow. Photo: Chris Sembrot PhotographyHi Julie,Yes, but WHY? I loved Claudia Fugazza's guest post about drawing on dogs' social imitation capacities to learn as copy-cats in the Do as I do training technique. Good stuff! A few things collided this week that resulted in me deciding to look into why dogs lick people. The first was the Huffington Post 'This Is What Happens When You Ask People To Kiss Their Dogs In Front Of A Camera' (example above from Chris Sembrot's 'For the love […]

Bradshaw J.W.S., Blackwell E.J. & Casey R.A. (2009). Dominance in domestic dogs—useful construct or bad habit?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 4 (3) 135-144. DOI:

Bonanni R., Cafazzo S., Valsecchi P. & Natoli E. (2010). Effect of affiliative and agonistic relationships on leadership behaviour in free-ranging dogs, Animal Behaviour, 79 (5) 981-991. DOI:

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