Post by Ashleigh Rhea
At the beginning of this class, my main goals were 1) to learn how to organize my ideas and observations into a useful, science-based field notebook and 2) to learn how to augment my data with informative and accurate visualizations. I mainly wanted to keep a field notebook for the mental benefits and the possibility that I would jot down something that I, personally, would find meaningful in the future.
This class helped me better understand that good data management and the almost obsessive need to collect every piece of data possible, is how findings are lost and found and how the scientific community progresses.
Post by Paul Dougherty
Many species of plants and animals reach the limits of their distributions in the Great Plains of North America, where, in some cases, they are replaced by a closely related species that inhabits the other half of the continent.
The most interesting feature of these contact zones for me is the potential for hybridization between previously isolated taxa. Therefore, I aimed to illustrate some of the bird species that hybridize in the Great Plains.
Post by Cody Porter
This image represents my attempt to illustrate a striking pattern in the system I study: crossbills (Loxia).
Globally, and in the Americas specifically, there is a huge discrepancy between overall and local (sympatric) diversity in the two crossbill clades (the ‘red’ and ‘white-winged’ clades).
Post by Jonathan Lautenbach
This image is an early draft representing my research trying to understand how landscape features might influence the survival of sharp-tailed grouse in south-central Wyoming.
Author: Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, PhD candidate studying forest birds in Panama
"Tropical biology is a new topic for many audiences, and
climate change can be difficult to describe and discuss. My professional goal is to introduce these topics approachably, accurately, and humorously when possible, so that people
can understand the strange wonder of tropical birds, and
how they are responding to the warming globe."
Howdy, Internet! I'm Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, and I'll be taking the reins of the Science Communication Blog for the coming week. Most of my posts will be discussing public art, public science, and how scientists and non-scientists interact with these projects, but I'll use this first post to introduce myself.
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