Semiotics of wildlife warning signs

Semiotics is the study of signs, specifically how meaning is made by signs and symbols. Some symbols make sense, like a drawing of a tree. But you can have different drawings of trees, and yet it still conveys the meaning “tree.” Alphabets themselves also act in this same way. By arranging these symbols that we... Continue Reading →

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City colonialism

What do you think about when you hear the term colonialism? The Oxford dictionary defines colonialism as The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. It’s a system that humanity has used for millennia: aggressor conquers and then exploits the country’s... Continue Reading →

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Nope o’clock: Wildlife changing their activity patterns to avoid humans

Do you get your groceries at 2am? Excluding shift workers, for most of us, that’s a time of day when our heads are comfortably resting on our pillows. But if there were some danger during the daylight hours, we’d likely shift our activity patterns to the nighttime to avoid that danger. It turns out that... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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