GrrlScientist is an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist and science writer who writes about evolution, ethology and ecology, especially in birds. Also publishes a few invited guest blog essays.
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Which science books would you most like to see under your Christmas tree, and which science books are ones that you are giving to others as holiday gifts this year?Some of my twitter followers were recently complaining about how the media's top book choices mostly ignore science books. So they asked me to share my top science book choices from those that were published in 2013. Although I've been reviewing science books here for several years now, I am still only one person so I cannot possibly […]
The humble mushroom takes centre stage in this delightful video, courtesy of London's Natural History Museum.Autumn is the time to gather mushrooms for dinner. When people hear the word "mushroom", they call to mind a very small part of a fungus. Toadstools (or mushrooms) are the reproductive fruiting body that contains spores -- the fungi's equivalent of seeds. The fruiting body, whose job is to develop and release spores, develops quickly and lasts only a few days or weeks. Toadstools mostly […]
Today, I tell you about a bunch of books that arrived whilst I was traveling -- books that will make wonderful holiday gifts!Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently, either as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased somewhere. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world. When I get new books, I like to share them with people. Unfortunately, you are all so far away, so I cannot host a book party in my crib […]
What do plankium, poliakoffium and Sweden share in common?We're getting closer to the end, my peeps! This week's element goes by the temporary name, ununpentium, and the temporary atomic symbol, Uup, along with the permanent atomic number, 115. This element is predicted to be a solid at room temperature, but it is not known whether it has the chemical qualities of a metal, nor are there any predictions as to what it might look like in the unlikely event that enough of this element might be […]
A poetic intersection between life and science, art and photography.Twitter is a wonderful medium. For example, a couple days ago, I met University of Washington Biology Professor Adam Summers on twitter. It turns out that he is Associate Director of Friday Harbor Labs, where I spent a summer taking an intensive molecular neurobiology course during my graduate training in zoology. After chatting further in email, I learned that my time at Friday Harbor Labs may have overlapped with his early […]
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