In October Dan gave a TED-X UCLA talk on the sound of fear that takes viewers on a marmot-inspired discussion of why certain sounds are fear inducing. The talk has just been posted to the TED-X site.
Friday, December 21, 2012
This quarter, I had the amazing experience of mentoring three great students that joined the marmot team! They are such eager workers and enthusiastic learners. Their goal for the quarter was sorting out the samples collected during the 2012 field season in RMBL and extracting fecal glucocorticoids. We are looking forward to have them as a part of the field team next summer!
Kate, Lilah and Xinping are now part of the Blumstein lab, and here they tell us a little bit about their experience this quarter.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Congratulations to Nicole Munoz, who has just passed her Oral Qualifying Exam and has advanced to Candidacy. Nicole's dissertation develops a novel way to think about the evolution of multi-modal integration and then evaluating key predictions from her model with marmots. Results to date are intriguing and we're all excited to see where it goes!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
My Huffington Post blog on the sorry state of the snowpack this winter and the consequences for hibernating marmots was just posted. I must note that it's snowed a bit more, but there still is no huge snowpack and it's bitter cold there. Pray for snow...
Friday, December 7, 2012
Here is a link to my recently published blog entry for the Huffington Post on the value of long-term ecological research. Investigator-driven research generates novel information and, in a darwinian sense, generates substantial variation from which good ideas may emerge. Yet we, as a society, don't place much value on it.