Ah gravity. What would we do without it? Fly through the sky, right? Also we'd go sailing into space and our inevitable deaths. Of course there are other things that would happen if the law of gravity no longer applied to our universe, and each would result in our rather immediate demise. But I digress...... Continue Reading →
The vortex of thought
I have been reading. Lots and lots of reading. That paper about bears is worth reading. Infographic by Fuse Consulting. Of course this is on top of the normal background level of reading, which is about 3 new research papers each week. It all depends on what catches my attention. Like, Do bears living around... Continue Reading →
Climate schmimate: the climate emergency and ongoing false debate
The world's scientists have been saying for decades that climate change is real and we need to take action. It's now a climate emergency.
Field work is amazing, but also hard. Sometimes you're on top of the world, other times you're trapped in a face plant you can't get out of.
Don’t trust an anthropomorphic raccoon
Have you heard the term anthropomorphism? It refers to ascribing human-like traits to non-human entities. Most biologists discourage the application of anthropomorphism, like your cat is plotting to kill you when you won't let it outside, or that the racoon you're feeding thinks of you as a friend. Chances are your cat isn't actually plotting... Continue Reading →
Research Station Life
Spending a chunk of time at a research station is really a wonderful experience. The nature of a research station brings together researchers, instructors and students from all over the world. So there are ample opportunities for cross-pollinating research interests and developing new ideas. Kids at the research station also get exposed to other researchers... Continue Reading →
Mountain Merriment: Treks of Terror
What do you do when you unexpectedly have to change your route in the mountains? After you're done panicking, you pick yourself up and call on your mountaineering skills. Hopefully you have them. 😳
Venice is sinking
Coming from the vast wildernesses of Canada, Venice is both a miracle of human engineering and an alien place devoid of natural life. Musings from the eyes of this sassy scientist on vacation...
Little Red Riding Hoof
Of bed time stories and villains... and the ethics of killing them. When you pit one species against another for the sake of conservation, it becomes a fight to the death.
Why do we use the term "invasion" when referring to natural species range expansions? The language we use may bias our reactions to natural processes. Read more.