Angry birds but a happy field assistant

One of the most important rules for fieldwork is to never enter the field alone. This is partly for safety reasons, but also for your sanity. When you conduct fieldwork in remote places, as I do, it is essential to have a buddy. But when your interview process involves explaining to potential applicants that they have a high likelihood of winding up covered in bird poop most days, it can be a challenge to find…

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Hellish Poster Sessions

We recently had a small poster session for our fourth year undergraduate thesis students. The event caused me to reflect on why I often hate poster sessions at academic conferences. I often don’t like these events for a variety of reasons and it doesn’t really matter if I’m presenting a poster, or whether I’m looking at or evaluating posters. Here’s my list of poster session pet peeves in no particular order: 1) Lack of space…

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Reward-Based Dog Training Isn’t Just for Sunny Days

Answering common questions about dog training methods.Photo: Dora Zett/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDBack when I had two dogs, Ghost and Bodger, I had a lot of questions about the information I saw about dogs and especially on how to train them. It just didn’t fit with the kind of pet owner I wanted to be, or with what I knew from my background in Psychology. Learning more about dogs and cats, and sharing that information with…

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Introducing a New Entomological Society of Canada Membership Category – The “Entomology Enthusiast”

Who is an Entomology Enthusiast? An individual engaged in entomological pursuits such as collecting, learning about, observing or photographing insects as a pastime. BUT not eligible for any other ESC membership category. That is, someone who doesn’t derive a significant amount of their income from entomological activity, such as those working as or training to become a professional entomologist. What are the Benefits of an Entomology Enthusiast? Approximately 50% discount from Regular ESC membership fees…

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Gerry’s Gene Scene – Chromosome Mapping

This is the fifth in my series of ‘genetics explainer’ videos on YouTube for students, parents and teachers. I have received feedback from teachers that these videos are of great use in a flipped-classroom instructional strategy. Mendelian genetics is a type of inheritance first described by Gregor Mendel in the 1860s and rediscovered in the early 20th century. Thomas Hunt Morgan and his student Alfred Sturtevant are credited with coming up with the idea to…

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Sustainable Dairy: When Enough is Enough

If you think sustainability is overrated, try running a business without it. In fact, it’s a key objective for scientists striving to boost feed efficiency and reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle through the Efficient Dairy Genome Project. Ultimately, success for the project would mean production of dairy products via a more sustainable system, where science has bred for feed efficient animals; but to get there, consumers must buy in. Put another way: If we…

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L’humain découvre la grammaire de base de son système nerveux

On poursuit cette semaine cette série de billets de blog automnaux en lien avec le cours «Notre cerveau à tous les niveaux» donné en collaboration avec l’UPop Montréal au café Les Oubliettes. Comme je le fais pour chaque séance, j’ai mis le pdf du Power Point de la séance d’il y a deux semaines au bas de la page L’école des profs de mon site ou directement en suivant ce lien. Pour le Facebook Live…

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