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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Natural history museums are many things, but they are not peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.Natural history museums are many things but they are not, as I was sometimes told, peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.In fact, most natural history museums are modern research institutions filled with a vast […]
Today I share my first impressions of books about urban birds, materials science and a children’s dystopian novel that was recently adapted into a film.Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods With Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife by John Marzluff [Yale University Press, 2014; Guardian bookshop; Amazon UK hardcover; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US] Continue reading...
Eye Benders, a children’s book by Clive Gifford & Professor Anil Seth, is filled with optical illusions that are used to explain the science behind how they work and to demonstrate the many different ways that they trick your brain. The children’s science book, Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing [Ivy Kids, 2013; Amazon UK hardcover/paperback; Amazon US hardcover/paperback], was just announced as the 2014 winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize […]
Todays caturday video introduces the online game, Bird Song Hero. It uses audio and visual cues to help people learn birdsongs so they can identify wild birds by voice alone. Those who follow along are aware that Saturdays are known as caturday amongst many within the blogosphere. Some bloggers only share pictures of and stories about their cats whilst others use this day as an opportunity to remind people about the worlds many fascinating animals, almost all of which are overlooked, […]
This week, I share my first impressions about a scientific biography about John Napier, a Very Small Introduction about Alexander the Great, and a novel by an Australian writer.John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy by Julian Havil [Princeton University Press, 2014; Guardian bookshop; Amazon UK hardcover; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US] Continue reading...
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