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 →

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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 →

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Let it burn?

One of the projected outcomes of climate change is an increased risk of wildfire. So then you’d think it should be important to promote programs that stop forest fires, like the well known Smokey the Bear. Smokey’s key message is “only you can prevent wildfires,” but there are two pieces of irony here; fire suppression... Continue Reading →

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