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Epilepsy in sea lions

According to a press release from Stanford University, California sea lions develop epilepsy from exposure to a toxin produced by algae called domoic acid. The animals develop seizures which can result in memory loss, tremors, convulsions and even death. The hippocampal region in the brain of the affected sea lions shows similar damage as humans…

Summer Photo Contest Winner!!

The winner of our Summer Photo Contest is “Dip in the Pool” (above) submitted by Amanda Byrnes. The photo was taken this summer in Massachusetts. This particular photo was chosen because it exemplifies how frogs, which are ectotherms, can cool off in the heat of the summer. Congratulations Amanda! As the winner, she will receive…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 4

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here is the final excerpt from their exchange. PHOTO: Budgerigars keeping cool under the…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 3

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here are excerpts from their exchange. Dr. Dolittle: What made you interested in studying…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 2

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here is an excerpt from their exchange. Dr. Dolittle: Much of your recent research…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part I

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. Preface: Dr. Blair Wolf’s research discussed in a previous blog released August 13, 2010 on what causes the mass deaths of budgerigars (small birds in Australia)…