Archive for July, 2013

(Science) Summer Holiday!

(Science) Summer Holiday!

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

We’re all going on a (science) summer holiday! EcoEvo@TCD will be taking a short break for the summer so we won’t be updating the blog through July and August. Between us I think we’re attending five or six conferences, giving almost 20 talks and posters, and visiting three different continents, all for SCIENCE! Some of us are also taking a well-earned break. I am currently hiking around the wilds of Yellowstone attempting to spot wolves, bison, and moose, and aiming not to get eaten by bears! When we get back we’ll report on the highlights of conference [&hellip

How to build a vulture trap

How to build a vulture trap

By EcoEvo@TCD | Research

Last month I spent a month in Mbuluzi Game Reserve in Swaziland attempting to build a walk-in trap that will allow me to capture vultures. I want to be able to tag the birds with GPS trackers and ask a host of interesting questions from which a flood of Nature papers will follow. We’ll have to wait for the vultures to get habituated to the area before adding the front to the trap. Once this happens we can proceed. So this is a ‘to be continued’… Author Adam Kane: kanead[at]tcd.ie Photo credit Adam Kane &nbsp

Why dating a scientist has ruined my life

Why dating a scientist has ruined my life

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

Did you know that otter’s penises are shrinking? I didn’t. Until I was informed of that by my scientist girlfriend. I can no longer look at otters the same way again. Science ruins everything. I used to enjoy life. The future promised to us by Back to the Future was so close! That all ended the day I started going out with a scientist. I’m now a cynic. I don’t trust anything that isn’t peer reviewed and even then, what’s the impact factor of the journal? I even know some journals by name now! About 50% of [&hellip