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A Brief Primer on Inbreeding Depression

evolution, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 28, 2011

There I was, proudly ambivalent about events happening across the pond. Some royal something or other getting civil union-ed with some wealthy something something. Apparently this happening also involves some high-falutin’ muckity-muck. I had managed to avoid just about everything about this event, until my shields were ultimately breached by an unlikely saboteur. The scientific […]

Conservation and the Concept of Species in a Biodiversity Crisis (Part 1)

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 24, 2011

In The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species, Dr. Craig McClain argues that we are loosing a fundamental unit of biological science – the Taxonomist. He’s right, of course. Taxonomy is a shrinking field. Entire phyla sit, unstudied, as the expertise necessary to understand them retires and expires. With few to train the next […]

A recipe for the evolution of smaller fish stocks?

Chemistry of the Great Big Blue, evolution, fisheries, Natural Science, Science, toxicologyNovember 11, 2010

Overfishing is most often implicated as the cause of decreasing fish stocks and that makes a lot of logical sense if you’ve ever seen a large commercial trawler unload its catch. But there very well might be another force at work in the precipitous decline in fish stocks worldwide: pollution. The basic premise is that […]

Grampa Hagfish: say hello to your greatest uncle

biology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 20, 2010

Today is Hagfish Day! Who knew? What is a hagfish? Hagfish are primitive eel-like chordates make famous for their relative unattractiveness*, profuse production of slime, and charismatic ability to tie themselves in knots. They are perhaps the only ‘fish’ that possesses a skull, but no vertebral column. But the question “What is a hagfish?” goes […]

Non-Monophyly within Syngnathidae

biology, evolution, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 16, 2010

Objective 1: Develop the least publicly accessible title for a blog post about seadragons, mate selection, and evolution Objective 1 Status: complete Objective 2: Draw in whatever readers push passed the unwieldy title with an unconventional narrative structure. Objective 2 Status: complete Objective 3: Hook the reader with a fascinating, though brief, background on seahorses, […]

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