We’re pleased to report that Shorf Chowdhury successfully defended his thesis on “The human dimension of Asian elephant conservation in Bangladesh” on July 24th. Thanks to Dr. Cormack Gates for acting as external examiner. Shorf is now back home in Bangladesh resuming his work with the national Forest Service, and trying to keep up momentum with elephant conservation. Congrats, Shorf.
In June I had the very good fortune to help out a colleague witha giraffe project in Kenya. Dusti Becker (along with her husband, Tony Povilitis) runs Life Net Nature, which is doing some amazing conservation work around the world. Dusti has been working with the Maasai people of Kenya to develop sustainable eco-tourism and a giraffe monitoring program. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience for me walking across the savannah, counting giraffes and other large mammals. I was able to check off four of my personal Big Five (Nile crocodile, black mamba, hyrax, and rhino) – just fell short on the honey badger (next time). Check out Life Net Nature for this and similar opportunities: http://lifenetnature.org/
Amazingly, everyone (particularly the exam-laden undergraduates) made an effort to squeeze in a bit of holiday social time just before the Christmas semester break. A great feast was provided through the combined efforts of the group. A special thanks goes to Cheryl for helping with the herculean task of creating yet another Morton Thompson – Pierre Burton blackened turkey. Sköld!
Congrats to Jill and Jared for getting their undergraduate capstone project on snake diets published in The Northwest Naturalist (2016, 97(3): 181-189). Jill and Val also saw an undergraduate summer project appear in print, this one focusing on the diet of the highly-invasive eastern grey squirrel (Canadian Field-Naturalist 2016, 130(3):202-206). Jill is currently working on her MSc in Pat Gregory’s lab at the University of Victoria, while Jared is here in our lab at TRU. Val is completing her undergraduate degree in natural resources at TRU. Congratulations to these three for the large amount of effort they put into getting their work into press – a great learning process.
The snake crew puts on a show earlier this summer for World Snake Day.
VIDEO: Rattlesnakes — misunderstood and maligned, says snake biologist
What are the things that journal editors look for? Here’s one take on the process: click HERE
This summer (2016), our lab travelled to the shores of the mighty Mississippi: Shorf presented a poster on his elephant conservation work at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. About a week later, Stephanie and Jared both gave oral papers on their work at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans, Louisiana. I also chipped in presentations at both conferences, including a co-authored paper with Jessica.
The 3M competition at our university was won this year by Jared. Everyone loves snakes.
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I am delinquent in posting congratulations to Amy Duncan and Dexter Hodder, who both successfully defended their theses this past academic year.
On November 17th Jessica successfully defended her thesis on ‘thermal landscapes’ and rattlesnake migration”. Congratulations, Jess.