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What scale of defense?

Body size might be an animal’s most important trait. Lots of things are correlated with body size. For example, we know that on average, bigger animals have lower metabolic rates, smaller litter sizes, and live longer. They tend to have larger home ranges, larger species ranges in general, and smaller population sizes.

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A scientist’s guide to making presentations

We love making posters and presentations, but apparently that’s not the case for everyone. (Weird, right?!) We made a guide to share our enthusiasm for the visual side of science. And now we’re posting it here! Hope it’s useful!

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Get your glow on!

Coral reefs are truly a sight to behold. Did you know that coral depends entirely on another organism to survive? Well, it’s true– and what’s more, under stressful conditions, corals eject their symbiotic roommates. This is called coral bleaching, because they lose all their glorious colors in the process. Global warming is unfortunately causing severe bleaching events in reefs around the world, especially in the famed Great Barrier Reef.

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VOCs are in the air 💕

We can’t get enough of the intricacies of volatile organic compounds, whether they’re for communication among ants, communication between bacteria and fungishedding light on shaded plant leaves, or a means of sexual selection in moths. These volatiles are incredibly versatile, and new research published in the journal Evolution doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading “VOCs are in the air 💕”