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 →
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 →
What do you do when you unexpectedly have to change your route in the mountains? After you're done panicking, you pick yourself up and call on your mountaineering skills. Hopefully you have them. 😳
Coming from the vast wildernesses of Canada, Venice is both a miracle of human engineering and an alien place devoid of natural life. Musings from the eyes of this sassy scientist on vacation...
Of bed time stories and villains... and the ethics of killing them. When you pit one species against another for the sake of conservation, it becomes a fight to the death.
Why do we use the term "invasion" when referring to natural species range expansions? The language we use may bias our reactions to natural processes. Read more.
I love the mountains. And I have an exciting announcement... I'm starting a PhD!
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 →
After 14 years of living on an island, I finally got to experience how isolating that can be. Not in the sense of being lonely—because I had my friends and colleagues from my lab with me—but in the sense of being stuck in space. Last weekend my lab went over to Galiano Island for a... Continue Reading →
When you think of a coyote, what do you think of? Coyote from the Bugs Bunny show? This majestic animal out in the wilds? A hurdle to dodge while you’re out on the road? A menace to your safety within your city? The thing is, coyotes are all of these things. At least, they’re perceived... Continue Reading →