Using color data from 5 exemplary fossil species to infer details about the selective pressures on them and the environments in which they lived. To read the PDF, click the link below: The Coloration and Ecology of Dinosaurs Image from: Li Q, Gao K, Vinther J, et al. Plumage Color Patterns of an Extinct Dinosaur. … Continue reading The Coloration and Ecology of Dinosaurs- Senior Capstone
As the leaves fall from the trees and the breeze turns chilly, animals prepare for winter. Geese fly south, deer and coyote grow in their winter coat, and bears fatten up for hibernation. Animals certainly have a variety of clever ways to handle the cold, but none are as impressive as what the wood frog … Continue reading The Amazing Cold-Weather Adaptations of the Wood Frog
Below you will find a list of helpful links for those in the job searching process, or those who want to gain more experience in the discipline of life science. Many (but not all) are ecology/conservation/wildlife related because that is my personal field of interest. If you know of other websites or resources in any … Continue reading Biology Career Search and Professional Development Links
One of my biggest questions nearing the end of my semester of Animal Behavior class was "Why do animals play?". Play behavior is a widespread occurrence in mammals, and good pet owners and zookeepers are always sure to make sure to play with their animals or offer them some kind of enrichment object. But at … Continue reading The Purpose of Play
Art is an intensely widespread and deep-rooted part of human cultures worldwide. It's a part of everyday life (here, the focus is on the visual arts, as opposed to music and theatrical performance). It may be enjoyed as art 'as its own entity', or the careful design of all the consumer goods we own, from … Continue reading Human Behavior- Why Make Art?