Evolution

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, life history, migration, long-distance migration,birds,ornithology,researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper White-rumped sandpiper, Calidris fuscicollis, chicks on Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada. Image: Laura McKinnon [larger view] I recently told you about research that used new microtechnology to document the incredible journey of Arctic Terns, a small bird species that annually migrates from its…

tags: evolutionary biology, immunology, immune response, antibodies, parasite, avian pox virus, Poxvirus avium, nest fly, Philornis downsi, birds, ornithology, Darwin’s Finches, Medium Ground Finch, Geospiza fortis, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper A male Medium Ground Finch, Geospiza fortis, sits on a tree branch in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Image: Jen Koop. People often view…

Cotton: Building a Better Plant

tags: Cotton: Building a Better Plant, cotton, agriculture, genomics, fabrics, technology, streaming video This is another beautifully written and produced video about plant research. The lucky plant? This time, it’s cotton — what jeans and t-shirts are made of! This video explores how modern cotton plants came to be, the 50 species of cotton, and…

Corn: The Dynamic Genome

tags: Corn: The Dynamic Genome, corn, agriculture, genomics, food science, technology, streaming video This is a beautifully written and produced science video about corn: where it came from, what it originally looked like, the technology we are using to learn the functions of individual corn genes, and future directions for research into corn genetics.

tags: new species, biology, botany, orchid, tiniest orchid, Orchidaceae, Platystele, Lou Jost A close-up of the world’s smallest orchid, at just over 2mm from petal tip to petal tip. Image: Lou Jost. The world’s smallest orchid was discovered recently in a mountainous nature reserve in Ecuador by American botanist Lou Jost. Dr. Jost, a former…

Evolution Shmevolution!

tags: religion, fundamentalism, christianity, humor, satire, funny, evolution shmevolution, Edward Current, streaming video Edward Current comments about all of the ignorant evilutionists (including me) who are contaminating the world with our crazy ideas. Nevermind that we have proof and the religious wingnuts do not.

Why Study the Tree of Life?

tags: Tree of Life, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, biology, statistics, teaching, streaming video This video presents a very brief glimpse into what I do as a professional researcher studying “my birds” — the parrots of the South Pacific Ocean (during those rare and beautiful times when I actually have a job!!). To say the least,…

tags: Tree of Life, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, biology, statistics, teaching, streaming video This video presents a very brief glimpse into what I do as a professional researcher studying “my birds” — the parrots of the South Pacific Ocean (during those rare and beautiful times when I actually have a job!!). It features interviews with…

tags: religion, Bible, humor, satire, Dara O’Briain, streaming video Comedian Dara O’Briain provides a few comedic insights on on God and the Bible. Video clip taken from Live at the Theatre Royal 2006.

I am a Paleontologist

tags: paleontology, fossils, dinosaurs, evolution, I am a Paleontologist, they might be giants, music video, streaming video I have been remiss lately regarding music videos because I was in Finland for awhile, and then was otherwise preoccupied. But I just had to share this song with you; “I am a Paleontologist” is by the group,…