March Animal Madness
Birds / Herps / Janimals / Mammals / Science & Research

March Animal Madness

In the spirit of college basketball (Go Bears, oh Bears) and to commemorate a new gig, here is my animal bracket composed of studies published in March that I covered for I Fucking Love Science.

Meet the teams. Continue reading

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Great tits, yellow-bellied marmots, and other not-entirely-awful news about climate change
Birds / Herps / Mammals / Science & Research

Great tits, yellow-bellied marmots, and other not-entirely-awful news about climate change

From the plight of polar bears (oh, dear polar bears) to yet another mosquito-borne illness (fuck mosquitoes)… there’s a lot of evidence to support that feeling of gloom and doom surrounding the effects of climate change. So I started collecting examples of animals that appear to be taking advantage of — or at least adjusting to — climate change, however short-lived the benefits may be. There are, to my surprise, quite a few studies on vertebrate species moving or expanding to higher latitudes and altitudes, enjoying milder cold seasons or with warmer waters, and displaying awesome feats of flexibility.

Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading