This Week’s Good Reads: Fieldwork Fails, Cecil the Lion, and Salamander Disease

1) For some laughs and some camaraderie, check out #Fieldworkfail stories, which are so great that I wrote a full post about it. Some sightings while pooping in the field, shared last week, also would apply to this hashtag. 2) If you … Continue reading

Morels Are Popping Up, According to a Map of Sightings

For avid mushroom hunters, morel season is the beginning of six months (or more) of fresh and fleeting culinary delights. For those in Piedmont North Carolina, like me, morel season just arrived, according to this citizen science sightings map. You can … Continue reading

New Amphibian Diseases Threaten to Exacerbate Worldwide Decline

The decline of the world’s amphibians, in part due to disease caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), has caused alarm among conservationists, wildlife managers, and herpetologists. Just as treatments for the disease were showing some successes, including boosting immunity through exposure to dead … Continue reading

Reid Harris, Saving Amphibians with their Microbiota

I recently wrote a report in American Scientist on Reid Harris (et al.)’s work studying probiotics that could be used to treat the devastating disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians. I deeply respect Harris’s work. Here’s why: It cleverly weds two high-profile issues: (1) … Continue reading