Help us Solve The Mystery of the Danish Underpants

Recently, Pernille Hjort from the Danish Museum of Natural History visited us in Raleigh to exchange ideas about new projects in public science. It was an [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 May 4th, 2015|

On Joining the Lab (Boat)

Some people go from early life to death focused on one mystery. This approach, I am told, can be very satisfying. One of my mentors, [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 April 26th, 2015|

Invasion of the House Finch

Once upon a time, House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) only lived west of the Rocky Mountains. Then, in 1940, a group of captive birds flew to [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|

Tracking Kleptomaniac Cats

Aya the cat has an interesting secret life, to say the least. When we started tracking outdoor cats with Cat Tracker in Raleigh/Durham to see where [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 April 16th, 2015|

The Bear

I was staying in a one, room shack beside a river. The river, a majestic river, reminded me of the sound of a washing machine. My [...]

By | 2015-04-14T16:12:22+00:00 April 13th, 2015|

Could there be 200 million species on Earth?

Recently, one of my colleagues, Brian Brown, found thirty new species of flies in urban Los Angeles. Species not yet named. Species not yet studied. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 April 13th, 2015|

Gnarly Trees

Branches of the live oak (Quercus virginiana) loop and twist their way toward openings in the forest canopy. Many branches sag down to the ground [...]

By | 2015-03-30T14:16:32+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

Students share eMammal!

On Thursday, March 5, eight middle school students from the classrooms of two 2014-2015 Students Discover Kenan Fellows, Dave Glenn and Dayson Pasion, presented their research [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|

We’re Celebrating Our 100th Cat-iversary!

Cat Tracker launched in May 2014. In a little less than one year, we've enrolled over 500 indoor/outdoor kitties from 9 different states and several [...]

By | 2015-03-19T13:06:58+00:00 March 19th, 2015|

Dr. Eleanor Dishes about Ants!

Looking for a new podcast to listen to while waiting for the next season of Serial? Check out Under The Microscope -- available for free on iTunes -- [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:45+00:00 March 18th, 2015|

Evolution of the Indoor Biome

There is something living in the north-facing wall of our apartment. My partner and I have narrowed it down to an organism in the phylum [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:45+00:00 March 16th, 2015|