• Hunting and Evolution

    How does hunting impact disease dynamics within carnivore populations? Today’s author’s studied data from puma to understand just that.

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  • From Royal Prisons to Leaders in Conservation: A Brief History of Zoos

    Zoos have taken many forms since they first appeared thousands of years ago. What started as a collection of animals purely for the sake of royal entertainment has gradually evolved into a public source of education, conservation, and entertainment. When you ask someone to picture a zoo, they no longer picture an animal behind bars. However, it’s taken a long time for zoos to become bastions of conservation from their starting point as hallmarks of animal cruelty.

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  • The Cost Of Small-Scale Hunting On A Big-Scale Bird

    Bird species that migrate globally need stopover sites. And no matter how good their summer and winter habitat is, if some of those stopover sites suffer, so will the birds. This study looks at migratory geese, and how local hunting can affect them globally.

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  • The Guilt of One Shark: The History of the “Rogue Shark” Theory

    In February 2022, a British swimmer was killed by a great white shark (Carcharadon carcharias) near Sydney, Australia. Unsurprisingly, this gained significant media attention. State authorities launched a search for the culprit, with the aim of culling/relocating it away from people. This plan would seem, on the surface, to make perfect sense – shark ate human, make it go away. Yet this logic is largely based on a widespread misconception, and an outdated theory that science has long since abandoned.

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  • Avoiding Collisions With Trains By Fleeing… Onto The Tracks?

    Understanding how animals react in the face of a train is key to understanding how to step train/animal collisions. This week’s paper looks at how deer and moose react to oncoming trains, using the help of Swedish train drivers.

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  • Searching For Standouts In The IPCC Reports

    Let’s face it, IPCC reports are never a fun read. They’re a damming assessment of our ability to take care of the only planet we’ve got. Piecing through them to find the key takeaways is likewise a tough task, but since the final report (for this round) has now been submitted, I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve learned going through each step of the report over the last year.

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  • Can You Afford to be Picky?

    Choosing who to reproduce with is a major player when it comes to the evolution of a species, yet it can be tough to know when individuals (and which individuals) should be choosy in their partners.

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Current Issues

From Royal Prisons to Leaders in Conservation: A Brief History of Zoos

Zoos have taken many forms since they first appeared thousands of years ago. What started as a collection of animals purely for the sake of royal entertainment has gradually evolved into a public source of education, conservation, and entertainment. When you ask someone to picture a zoo, they no longer picture an animal behind bars. However, it’s taken a long time for zoos to become bastions of conservation from their starting point as hallmarks of animal cruelty.

The Guilt of One Shark: The History of the “Rogue Shark” Theory

In February 2022, a British swimmer was killed by a great white shark (Carcharadon carcharias) near Sydney, Australia. Unsurprisingly, this gained significant media attention. State authorities launched a search for the culprit, with the aim of culling/relocating it away from people. This plan would seem, on the surface, to make perfect sense – shark ate human, make it go away. Yet this logic is largely based on a widespread misconception, and an outdated theory that science has long since abandoned.

Searching For Standouts In The IPCC Reports

Let’s face it, IPCC reports are never a fun read. They’re a damming assessment of our ability to take care of the only planet we’ve got. Piecing through them to find the key takeaways is likewise a tough task, but since the final report (for this round) has now been submitted, I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve learned going through each step of the report over the last year.

We’re In The Sixth Mass Extinction Event

What is mass extinction? We often hear about the concept of a mass extinction, and the question of whether we’re currently in the sixth mass extinction is constantly thrown around. So let’s have a quick look at exactly what extinction itself means, what a mass extinction is, and why it’s increasingly obvious that we’re in one.

Stats Corner & Words from the Experts

Let’s Get Meta… The Good Kind

Using results to generate more results? That seems weird… at first. But think about how science progresses. We build on other studies all of the time! Sometimes we use others’ findings as a jumping off point. Other times, studies invite us to see if we can reproduce their findings under new conditions or with respect to our own study site or species of interest.