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.
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. 😳
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.
Coyote’s gonna coyote
When you think of a coyote, what do you think of? Coyote from the Bugs Bunny show? This majestic animal out in the wilds? Photo Tomas Caspers CC by 2.0 A hurdle to dodge while you're out on the road? A menace to your safety within your city? They're not, by the way The thing... Continue Reading →
Science nerds and animal tracking
Last week I spent a glorious week in Thunder Bay visiting my friend April. Yes, you read that right, I went to Thunder Bay. Yes, other people go south in the winter, whereas I, weirdo that I am, decided to head into Northern Ontario. Good thing I'm not scared of a little bit of snow... Continue Reading →
Of Mammoths and Men
In lab meeting this week, we somehow got on the topic of how scientists are close to resurrecting the wooly mammoth. Well, at least they've successfully inserted mammoth DNA into their closest living relatives, the Asian elephant. There's some debate about what put the final nail in the coffin for mammoths, but this seems legit... Continue Reading →
You like puppies. You like kittens. You like bunnies. But do you like snakes? Or sharks? Or spiders? Okay, some of you, my biology friends will indeed love snakes, sharks & spiders. I like snakes, I'm fascinated with sharks, but scream and jump away in terror at the sight of a hairy-legged tarantula. So clearly... Continue Reading →
In Search Of… a straight answer
Did you watch the original In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy? As a fan of Star Trek, I just loved that "Spock" was the one hosting the show. The original In Search Of was an interesting show that looked into the unexplained and tried to find answers to these unknowns. Bigfoot, UFO's, the Loch Ness... Continue Reading →
What’s the value of the invaluable? A conservation story
Back in December, I gave a lecture to a group of local middle schoolers on conservation. It was a great experience and the kids were really curious about the subject, and had lots of great questions. But one student asked me a question that really stood out, Why should it matter to me about that... Continue Reading →
When you think of a cougar, do you picture it in a vista like this? We think of them in natural landscapes, far away from our cities. They're in the "great wilderness" (read that like the movie trailer voice), and for those that want to catch a glimpse, you either need to hike out to the... Continue Reading →