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Restoration Ecologist

Trowbridge’s shrew

Over the holiday I visited the western Cascades with old friends from Ashland. We stayed in a forest service cabin at the Fish Lake Remount Station – an historic waypoint on the Santiam Wagon Road. The wagon road was once … Continue reading

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Why not fire truck berries?

In the fall, many plants in western Oregon (and elsewhere) produce brightly-colored fruits. These attract fruit-eating animals, which eat the fruits and move their seeds to new locations, potentially better sites for germination and survival. By and large, such fruits are … Continue reading

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Night Fliers

From September 17 through November 3, the G2 Gallery in Venice, California will feature an exhibit called Night Fliers, which will display photographs of bats, including some of my own taken during fieldwork in southern Costa Rica. I am excited to have my … Continue reading

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Artificial Bat Roosts for Tropical Forest Restoration?

Fruit bats are very good at dispersing tree and shrub seeds into disturbed tropical ecosystems. We wanted to know how we could attract more of them into everyone’s favorite disturbed ecosystem – the abandoned cow pasture. In a paper in Biological … Continue reading

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Tallgrass prairie restoration

This week I attended the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the course of four and a half days, thousands of ecologists presented their work to one another in short talks, posters, and informal … Continue reading

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Big Basin still blooming

The coastal grasslands are already drying up and turning brown, but Big Basin still sports an array of wildflowers. Hiking down the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail yesterday, Jorge Torres, Myriam Scally, and I found several populations of fairy lanterns and walked past … Continue reading

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Are migratory birds more likely to strike windows?

The house that I rent in Santa Cruz has several large, plate glass windows. From time to time I find a stunned bird sitting below these windows, and more often than not the bird is migratory. Although I don’t keep … Continue reading

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Self amputation at Fort Ord

An influential scientist once told me that much of biology can be basically boiled down to poop and sex. In pursuit of the former, I found myself over the weekend at Fort Ord, a University of California Natural Reserve in … Continue reading

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Zea squamata

Walking home from school yesterday, Rachel and I stumbled upon an alligator lizard sunning herself on the trail. Her eyes were fiery orange, and her back was colored like indian corn. She held her legs close against her sides. Possibly … Continue reading

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An unexpected wattle

For the past two years, I have walked through Cave Gulch and across a patch of chaparral nearly every day on my way to school. I almost always take the same route, and I generally pay attention to my surroundings … Continue reading

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