New research tools help scientists measure stress in wildlife before their populations plummet. Originally published in National Wildlife JUST BEFORE SUNRISE, LOUIS HUNNINCK woke up at a research center in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. He climbed into an off-road vehicle, joined by an assistant, and rode through the scrubby equatorial landscape until they saw a group […]
Two of a Kind (on same-sex behavior) Stress Test (on measuring stress hormones in conservation research) Room to Roam? (on wildlife during the pandemic) Hope Rising (on the Endangered Species Act) Going the Distance (on bird migration) A Plague of Plastics Power Play (on sexual harassment among wildlife) When Animals Grieve Going Native (on the […]
Avian DNA holds secrets that reveal where birds migrate and their resilience to climate change. The Bird Genoscape Project aims to unlock them. Originally published in Audubon. Photos by Noppadol Paothong. A BURST OF WHISTLES PIERCED THE FOGGY morning in the Missouri Ozarks. It came from Marina Rodriguez’s Bluetooth speaker but sounded enough like a […]
In the 1920s and ’30s, cattle were put on trial, then convicted and executed, for being genetically impure. The human eugenics movement was on the rise too. Originally published in Duke Magazine. THE DEFENDANT’S NAME WAS MR. SCRUBB BULL. He entered Magistrate James McElroy Jameson’s makeshift courtroom in Pickens County, South Carolina, walking on four […]
The pandemic has offered scientists an opportunity to study how slowdowns in human activity impact wildlife. Originally published in National Wildlife. Click here for a PDF of the magazine pages. WHEN THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS first caged us into our homes, some of the sweetest relief came from images of wildlife taking over our streets. The internet […]
The hard work of humans—and nature’s resilience—can help even the most endangered species climb back from the abyss. Originally published in National Wildlife. For a PDF of the magazine pages, click here. LAST DECEMBER BROUGHT A RARE FLASH of celebratory news: The Guam rail, a ground-nesting bird from the United States’ westernmost territory, came off a global […]
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Aided by new technology, scientists gain insight into long-distance bird migrations—and explore a growing list of threats the animals face along the way. Originally published in National Wildlife. For a PDF of the page layout, click here. JUST BEFORE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS blew into Turkey’s Aras River Valley on a humid day in 2014, Joshua Horns held a great […]
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The U.S. military is using mindfulness to tap into focused attention of troops under extreme stress. Will it adopt the practices? Should it? Originally published by Mindful Magazine. THE BELL RINGS, AND THE 21 CADETS in Major Matt Jarman’s leadership class at Virginia Military Institute stand at attention as their highest-ranking classmate salutes the professor. […]