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Venezuela 2012, part 1

  Posted by Town , 27 January 2012 · 81,268 views

Greetings from San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela. I'm a bit over a week into my first expedition of the year--this one to continue our aquatic insect survey efforts in Venezuela. We've spent he last 8 days driving around the country and splashing around in various rivers and lagoons. It is hard for me to believe, but this is my 10th trip to Venezuela...


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New semester, First day

  Posted by Town , 16 January 2012 · 817 views

It is the day before classes begin, and I start teaching Intro Systematics (with Dr. Mark Holder and TA Taro Eldredge). Quite exciting to see the 45+ names of enrolled students, review my lecture, and refine the syllabus and lecture notes before we circulate to students.
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Knowledge Punched by Pundits in 2011

  Posted by Town , 03 January 2012 · 572 views

<p>2011 featured pernicious political posturing over what we know and how we discover it. Florida Gov. Rick Scott told the state’s universities that they should be educating students in areas “where people can get a job in this state.” Accordingly, he intends to invest higher education dollars in physical science, math, engineering and...


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Watch for Snowy Owls in Kansas, Missouri this winter

  Posted by Town , 19 December 2011 · 643 views

Snowy owls - known to Harry Potter fans and birders alike - are making an appearance in Kansas and Missouri this fall and winter.
The owls, which reside most of the year in Canadian tundra and arctic environments, periodically move south in search of food. Their main food source, lemmings, is more scarce this year. At least 8 of the two-foot-tall iconic...


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Watch for Snowy Owls in Kansas, Missouri this winter

  Posted by Town , 19 December 2011 · 725 views

Snowy owls - known to Harry Potter fans and birders alike - are making an appearance in Kansas and Missouri this fall and winter.
The owls, which reside most of the year in Canadian tundra and arctic environments, periodically move south in search of food. Their main food source, lemmings, is more scarce this year. At least 8 of the two-foot-tall iconic...


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Visit of Peruvian ecologist, Dr. Patricia Alvarez

  Posted by Town , 09 December 2011 · 1,986 views

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  Posted by Town , 10 October 2011 · 332 views

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Waste Not, Want Not

  Posted by Town , 07 September 2011 · 520 views

<p>Like any good ichthyologist, I keep saltwater fish. When I lost a Banggai cardinalfish recently, how did I deal with this tragedy? Not by flushing it or starting a pet cemetery, but by turning that loss into a gain for the Biodiversity Institute's Ichthyology collection....


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Searching for a Solution to White-Nose Syndrome

  Posted by Town , 07 September 2011 · 355 views

In the five years since the fungal disease white-nose syndrome was discovered in New York, the disease has spread to more than 190 sites in 16 eastern states and two four Canadian provinces. At one Canadian site alone, 5,000 bats died.
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Processing insect field samples

  Posted by Town , 16 August 2011 · 294 views

/sites/default/files/imagecache/190-scale/img_4909.jpg <p>Fieldwork may be completed for this season in Peru, but now we must shift our focus to processing the thousands of specimens we have brought back with us. Since the specimen bags (whirlpaks) travelled back...






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