On Thursday, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano trembled and a new rift opened up in the small community of Leilani Estates, spewing lava into the air like a fountain and forcing evacuations. No injuries are reported and a state of emergency has been declared. Earlier in the week, a nearby volcanic crater vent collapsed, putting the world […]
How to catch a Pacific swallow–dispatches from the front lines of biological research.
On the fourth day of my field season, I found myself on a tiny boat with three students from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, setting off down a remote jungle river in search of birds. The putt-putt of the outboard motor mingled with the sounds of bird songs, monkey calls, and the rustling of palm leaves […]
March for Science revs up again this weekend. Here’s what to expect.
Last year, the science community left its comfort zone and marched out into another sphere: politics. All around the world, scientists and friends of science showed their support for their discipline in the biggest worldwide science protest movement of all time. This year, the March for Science organization wants to build on the success of […]
What do scientists take into the field? A visual breakdown.
Right now, I am conducting fieldwork in Malaysia on the Pacific swallow. For the next two months, I will travel to several countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific and keep you updated on my progress. Here’s what’s I’m bringing with me to ensure a successful field season: Mist Nets: Mist nets are the number […]
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