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A Final Creature Feature Round-Up

After a run of almost forty pieces, my natural history column for The Hindu Businessline's BLInk is now on an indefinite (likely permanent) hiatus. Here are the last three columns I wrote: About the human and biological history of an iconic little fish. About the world of microbes, and how they change our perceptions of nature. About … Continue reading A Final Creature Feature Round-Up

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Territoriality: Attempting a One-Two Punch

In my major Ph.D. project, I questioned the idea that territoriality is a good or useful description of Anolis lizards' mating systems. When I began working on this question, I planned to primarily use an empirical approach, measuring the movement patterns and mating patterns of a population of Anolis sagrei in a way that didn't depend on territoriality. … Continue reading Territoriality: Attempting a One-Two Punch

Animals Grow: How an Idle Tweet led us to uncover a Whimsical Academic Exchange

In July, I was writing a paper that is, in part, about sexual selection on body size in Anolis lizards. I had found, as is common in many animals, that sexual selection favours bigger males, and was arguing that this might be tantamount to selection favouring older males because, well, animals grow. I was agonizing … Continue reading Animals Grow: How an Idle Tweet led us to uncover a Whimsical Academic Exchange

A Conversation about Mental Wellness and an Important Distinction…(3/n)

Some days ago, a friend in academia sent me this question to ponder (mildly edited, and excerpted with permission): I am heartened to see increasing visibility and discussion around anxiety in academia. I was curious as to your thoughts on why so many graduate students, postdocs, and professors struggle with this. Are those folks who … Continue reading A Conversation about Mental Wellness and an Important Distinction…(3/n)