Online Metabarcoding Course – March 1 to 28, 2021

A reminder that this course will start in a little over a month. The deadline for Early bird registration is January 31st to receive a discount. I have updated course content to include the newest HTS technology and methods such as metagenomics and transcriptomics. Throughout the course, we will explore:High throughput sequencingMetabarcoding/MetagenomicsMetabarcoding analyticsRecent applicationsThe course consists of a series of online lectures, research exercises, and group discussions where you have a chance to review the state of current technology,…

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CREATORS – Kate MacDowell

Name: Kate MacDowell Which came first in your life, the science or the art? The art. I started studying ceramics in evening classes at the local art school and community college shortly after returning from living and traveling overseas in India and Europe. I have a Master’s in Teaching English Literature, and in the past have produced websites for high tech companies, taught high school English, and worked at a meditation retreat center in India. My first…

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This solitary dolphin learned to “speak porpoise” and made new friends

Dolphins are very social creatures. But what happens when they become isolated? Some solitary dolphins seek comfort around navigational buoys and sometimes approach other species like humans. But this one solitary short-beaked common dolphin called Kylie found a way to deal with isolation. This common dolphin hanging out in Scottish waters seems to “speak porpoise,” producing sounds similar to those of harbor porpoises and made some friends along the way. Kylie leaping out of the…

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Interview with a White-breasted Nuthatch

A White-breasted Nuthatch being characteristically acrobatic. Photo by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren. https://flic.kr/p/2jKHt6H. CC. Amelia: What a gorgeous winter day for a walk in the woods. The snow makes everything so hushed and peaceful. Except for that nasal quacking sound. Who’s doing that? White-breasted Nuthatch: Hey, I don’t comment on your annoying voice. This is just how I sound. A: Oh, you’re a nuthatch, working your way down a tree upside down. Why do…

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Bugs on Ice, A Quest To Find Insects in the Upper Lillooet Provincial Park

Mid August of 2020 myself and the insect-obsessed hubby went on three day backpacking trip in Southwest British Columbia with two goals. The first goal was to search for insects on the snow banks in and around the Upper Lillooet Provincial Park boundary. The second goal was to see if this route we would take would be a viable way to reach Silt Lake, located at the headwaters of the Lillooet River (at the top…

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