Check out my latest adventure in the wildlife research world: helping the Calgary Zoo with a study on Vancouver Island Marmots! If you need motivation to click that link, just look at them:
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Behind the scenes: wētā eating its moult!
A little video I cut together showing one of our adult male wētā eating his old moult! When they’ve just moulted, wētā appear a pale/white-ish colour. After a few hours, this male will turn brown again.
Biodiversity Blogging for Le Beagle
This project has been about 8 months in the works, and I can finally announce it now! I have been working for the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science with a team of three other fantastic women to revive the student blog of the QCBS, Le […]
Dear New Grad Student.
Dear New Grad Student, I noticed my first gray hairs at 23 years old. Not coincidentally, the same year I started my Master’s degree. Grad school is touted as a monumental time of self-discovery, pushing your limits, meeting new people, and enriching your mind (for […]
Guest Blogging on ZMEScience!
Check it out, I am finally publishing elsewhere than my homegrown free wordpress account! I wrote a guest feature for the science blog ZMEScience about the phenomenon of bachelorhood in the animal world. Why do bachelors exist? Why doesn’t natural selection stop this madness? Can […]
Pioneering a genre: where environmentalist films like Okja need to go next.
Last week Netflix released the unusual hit Okja, a film laden with environmental messaging and directed by Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. The film centers on a young girl named Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) who has spent most of her life in the mountains of Korea raising a […]
What the weta? This Power Ranger cricket can take on three different forms.
When most animals grow up, they pretty much look the same. Like, can you tell the difference between these two squirrels? I mean, besides the fact that the one on the right might have a mild obesity problem, I couldn’t tell you who was who, […]
Why it’s not cool to be a scientist.
I have alluded in a few of my other posts to my frustration with science as a discipline. Usually when I explain my job to people, the reaction is: “wow, that must be so cool!” And 90% of the time, I would agree, but…like I suspect is […]
Science Resists Communication
There’s a stark difference between how universities and other scientific institutions handle the dissemination of their knowledge. To me, universities are often like dragons sitting on top of heaps of gold in remote mountainside caves. Who would make the fucked up voyage to Smaug when down […]
Sarah’s Must-Reads #2: The Science Stuff
This list of must-reads might seem to fall a bit on a “specialized audience” (other scientists), but I encourage you to take a peek anyways if you have an interest in science! Which is hopefully why you find yourself on this page to begin with. […]
The Secret Worlds of The Best Animals You’ve Never Heard Of
For this post I went back in time to the years of my Bachelors in Animal Biology, took a lil’ stroll in the old mind palace if you will, to when I learned about so many cool animals I never even knew existed. Here I […]
The Art of Science
There’s a little-known niche in the already niche-y world of scientific publishing: scientific illustrations. These are drawings that researchers request from artists to demonstrate something that they want to explain in a publication: for example, if you study the anatomy of a poorly-described insect species, it’s […]