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Feeding wild birds on bread and seed alters which species are present in urban areas by encouraging high densities of introduced bird species at the expense of native species, according to a new study
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A long-form story about how a new species of bird was discovered in central China after researchers had first noticed its distinctive song nineteen years ago. Basically, like searching for a needle in a haystack, they went back and -- amazingly -- found this bird again! Their analyses of the bird’s plumage colour, physical measurements, DNA and song confirmed their hunch that this is indeed a new bird species
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Shortlisted for the Wellcome BookPrize, Bodies of Light is a psychological, sociological and historical study of the history of medicine, of feminism, and of poverty in Victorian England.
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Before heading out to a tropical island for your summer holidays, you might be interested to learn more about the critical role that islands play in the evolution of new species. Today, I share two important books with you, both of which explore the importance of islands as “natural laboratories” of evolution and ecology
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Today’s “Museum Monday” features a visit to the Natural History Museum’s new Sensational Butterflies exhibition, where we watch a time-lapse video of their blue morpho butterflies emerging from chrysalises
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This week’s books include a biochemist’s reasoning that bioenergy is the fundamental reason that life evolved in the way it did; a botanist’s assertion that plants are intelligent beings; and an exploration of one of the basic principles of geology, plate tectonics
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If you love reading about birds, their evolution, ecology and behaviour, as much as i love writing about them, then please take a moment to share this with your circles. i would appreciate this very, very much!
The Sichuan bush warbler was discovered in a bush after its insect-like song attracted the notice of researchers. Nineteen years on, it has finally been relocated and confirmed as a new species to science...
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In these fascinating videos, we see how one man’s quest to merge two passions -- bird watching and beatbox music -- has created an experimental new form of music
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Today’s “Museum Monday” video is a short time-lapse that celebrates the glory of springtime at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
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Some of the comments from my bookclub provoked by opening chapter of Island Biogeography Revisted, an assessment of the continuing impact of MacArthur and Wilson’s seminal work, The Theory of Island Biogeography
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In today’s “Caturday” video, we watch a hummingbird “snoring” as she awakens from torpor in a small environmental chamber at a research station in Peru
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As an experiment in online book reading clubs, I will share a series of pieces about a group of scientists that is reading and discussing the book, Island Biogeography Revisited -- are you willing to join us?
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scientist; freelance science writer, book reviewer & photographer
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scientist, writer, birder, aviculturist, photographer, artist, bibliophile and book worm, ravenclaw
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"GrrlScientist" is the blog pseudonym. I am an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist and science writer. I write a science blog for the Guardian and another one for Nature. My writing focuses on the interface between evolution, ethology and ecology, especially (but not always) in birds. I write a popular science blog that is hosted by the Guardian and another hosted by Spektrum/Nature Network. I also research and write for the Seattle-based Bird Note Radio, and was a judge for the 2014 Guardian/Wellcome Trust popular science writing competition.

As a judge who helped select the 2013 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize shortlist, I also have a deep passion for good books, especially good science books, which I review with some regularity. I am a former member of the ScienceBlogs (now defunct) community and a former guest writer for BirdingBlogs (now defunct). 

Social progressive, politically liberal, lacking the credulity necessary to believe in invisible or supernatural life forms, in the benevolence of large corporations or in the humanity of humans. I am a Ravenclaw. 

NOTE: I rarely respond to people on G+; twitter and email are more than enough to keep me busy!


Blogs:

GrrlScientist (hosted by The Guardian)
Maniraptora (hosted by Nature Publishing Group)
Birding Blogs (index of my guest pieces)

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i can fix broken butterfly wings without harming the butterfly
Education
  • University of Washigton
    Zoology/Ornithology (PhD), 1995 - 2002
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