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. Mammoths started walking the Earth around 2.5 million years ago and went extinct ~10,000 years ago in most... Continue Reading →

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Camera roll randomness

I have been trying to write a few blog posts all at the same time (I don’t recommend this, it’s super confusing and achieves nothing), while also recently reading two dozen papers (or so) on novel ecosystems, landscape use (i.e. habitat fragmentation), and the effectiveness of conservation… Of course, with software crashing all around me... Continue Reading →

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Schrodingers tree

Have you ever been presented with this philosophical question? Philosophy would take us on a quest to show the absurdity of reality, and ultimately the answer to the question becomes “if there is no one around, there’s no tree to fall over.” Watch this quick video for an explanation; Scientifically, we can assume that trees... Continue Reading →

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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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