These are just some of the interesting (and very diverse) questions I’ve received from enthusiastic primary school students over the past couple of weeks. They’re testimony to the curiosity and imagination that’s unleased when you encourage children to think about science.
I’m a co-teacher for the new “Science in a Box” scheme: a pilot programme for a new way of teaching science in primary schools. The programme was developed by Kevin O’Callaghan, Seamus Devlin and...Read the full article.
In a parallel universe I work as a paleoanthropologist, a topic that has fascinated me ever since as a teenager I read Donald Johanson’s account of the discovery of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). At university I took a short human evolution course and could easily have been swayed into doing research in that area were it not for my fascination with plants and ecological interactions (there are also parallel universes in which I’m a marine biologist, palaeontologist, gardener, sound engineer, etc….you get the picture). I still keep half an eye on the paleoanthropological literature and enjoyed reading...Read the full article.
Benjamin Gearey is lecturer in Environmental Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at University College Cork. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Open Quaternary and has research interests in the areas of peatland palaeoecology and archaeology. In this weeks post, he outlines his field trips to peat bogs in Ireland and Scotland during the Summer of 2014.
The departure of the undergraduates in the early Summer means two things for many of us based in University departments: the beginning of the fieldwork and conference season. Actually, it really means three things but I’m not going to discuss my summer holidays in this post (Portugal, for the record). Instead I’m going to provide a short retrospective of the ‘fields’ that I visited in the Summer of 2014. With my teaching loaded heavily into Semester 2 (January to March) and subsequent exams...Read the full article.
Our photography competition is still open to entries (deadline 10th November). Submit one photograph to the album here. Log in with the username ecoevoblog and password which is the same. Remember, don’t give it a name that will reveal the photographer so as to avoid bias. Good luck!
Author: Adam Kane, kanead[at]tcd.ie, @P1zPalu
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Earlier this year I spent two weeks walking in picturesque Tasmania, eyes fixed firmly to the floor, looking for poo to collect. Other times I’ve searched beneath rocks in high country paddocks for endangered lizards, or driven over 400 kms with a cargo of wallaby sperm destined for our lab freezers. And I get paid to do this! When I meet new people they often comment on how interesting my work sounds, usually followed by “and how on earth did you end up doing that anyway?”. So in my first post for WildlifeSNPits I thought that, by way of introduction, I’d write about some of the things that have inspired me to follow this career path. Of course not all of us are excited by the same things, so I’d also like to learn about your sources of inspiration…... Read the full article.
We’ve all seen that run of the mill map of the world. It’s in our everyday lives, and pervades our concept of conservation too.
You might have one of those maps on the wall and whiled away a few hours daydreaming for distant wildernesses. One of the reasons I like maps is that no matter how hard you look at them, there’s always something new to notice. You might trace the route of huge rivers that you’ve never heard of, impossible to imagine. Wondered about that big lump of land off of South Africa that you’ve never noticed? Or longed to set...Read the full article.
Before you all get excited and ready to shoot me down in flames, this post is not about pandas ;-) It is about how we, as humans, have a very warped view about the value of the species with whom we share this planet – note I did not say OUR planet.
Imagine this as a newspaper headline; Scientists discover a way to eradicate Siberian tigers or this; Destroy Polar Bear menace say local residents or this, Malawi’s ”Serial Killer” Crocodiles Cause Havoc among the Blind, actually this last one is true http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/33608 ;-)
Most people on seeing headlines like those would be putting pen to paper, typing tweets, sharing links and generally making a huge fuss. Replace tigers, pandas and crocodiles with mosquitoes, aphids and spiders and the only people making a fuss would be that...Read the full article.