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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Behind-the-scenes looks at the science that goes into art conservation so we all can (potentially) experience the original work for ourselves rather than looking at a digitised scan, a poster-sized print or an encyclopaedia thumbnailWhen people think of great works of art, they probably think of Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, or Rembrandt. But rarely does anyone think of scientists; specifically, most people are unaware of the exquisite marriage of science and art that underpins art conservation so […]
Today is the first day of Twitter’s international Museum Week, which celebrates our many museums, galleries and cultural institutions that make valuable contributions to science, the arts, history and culture around the worldIf you are a twitter fiend, as I am, and if you are passionate about museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, as I am, then you will be thrilled to learn that today is the first day of Museum Week on twitter. This community event runs from 23-29 March and […]
For “Caturday”, I share a lovely video created by one of my birding pals that captures a mother hummingbird as she raises her son from hatching to fledgingSpring is springing! Already, a few of my Seattle birding pals have spotted hummingbird nests. Thus, since today is “Caturday”, I was inspired to share a video of a mother rufous hummingbird as she raises her son from hatching to fledging. In this video, you will see how fast the chick grows (especially its beak), and […]
This week, I share my thoughts about a travel-adventure story about a quest to see one of the world’s last surviving “unicorns” (the saola); a paperback about the natural history of Ebola and a second by the same author about the origins of HIV/AIDS, and a book that examines the strange behaviour of numbersThe Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures by William deBuys [368 pages, Little, Brown US; 2015; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK […]
In this fascinating video, Professor Ros Rickaby from Oxford chats with Professor Simon Conway-Morris at Cambridge about how Earth’s changing chemistry has affected evolution, and how this can sometimes lead to evolutionary convergenceA feature of natural selection, or “survival of the fittest”, is that context defines what is “fittest”. Traits that are “fittest” in one habitat can become liabilities in others. This was observed first-hand across […]
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