Planet Earth II: one of many fantastic nature and science documentaries

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) hunting. Photo from: http://africageographic.com/blog/cheetah-shenanigans-in-botswana/

Planet Earth II, the newest BBC wildlife documentary is premiering on BBC America on February 18, … [Read more...]

How is it that ticks stay attached so well?

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  Have you ever wondered how it is that ticks stay attached so well? Their mouthparts are so … [Read more...]

How understanding the ecology of mosquitoes guides how to prevent pathogen transmission

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This past year has been quite a year for mosquitoes. Besides just being a pest at almost any kind of … [Read more...]

Xenodiagnosis: a method for pathogen detection

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As an ecologist something that I am interested in understanding more about are the factors that … [Read more...]

Everybody poops: a new discovery challenges biologists to ask more questions about the evolution of the anus

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William E. Browne, an evolutionary biologist of the University of Miami in Florida, showed publicly … [Read more...]

Innovations of 2015: CRISPR and gene drive systems used in reducing malaria transmission

There are many achievements in science and technology that deserve celebration from 2015, and also … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving: A little about the ecology of wild turkeys

Everyone knows what a turkey is from the first few Thanksgivings they can remember. It is the giant … [Read more...]

Mating Systems Part II: the evolutionarily advantage for seahorse males to become pregnant and other examples

My last blog post I introduced mating systems and gave examples of each. There are 3 main types: … [Read more...]

Mating Systems

Last blog I mentioned some specifics about horse shoe crab mating behavior and decided that I was … [Read more...]

A biologist’s bucket list

For every biologist there is a list of natural events or places that must be experienced once in … [Read more...]