Important Thesis Update

Hello everyone, I have important updates to share regarding my master’s thesis. As many of you know, I have been raising money for my upcoming research in Guyana. The plan was for me to live in the village of Yupukari for 12 weeks, whilst learning about residents’ cultural and spiritual beliefs about jaguars. That is … More Important Thesis Update

Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Currently, the jaguar (Panthera onca) is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. This is the second lowest threat level, right behind Least Concern. This global assessment is based on the jaguar’s wide distribution, as well as the fact that much of its territory in Amazonia remains intact. But a new study suggests that … More Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

Camera traps are a vital tool for conserving wild felids (cats). Do to their elusive nature, these creatures are difficult to glimpse in the wild. While cats’ propensity for stealth is key to their survival, it also makes them difficult to study. Thankfully camera traps make the job a little easier. Such devices allow scientists to monitor … More Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

Trump’s Border Wall Would be Disastrous for Jaguar Recovery

By now it is common knowledge that Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. This would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and experts say it would not stop people from illegally crossing the border (Owens, 2017; Center for Biological Diversity, 2017). What it would do is dismantle Southwest ecosystems – and … More Trump’s Border Wall Would be Disastrous for Jaguar Recovery

Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions

On December 1, 2016 I attended a talk hosted by tracker and Humboldt State University student Phil Johnston. In it, he spoke of a grave threat to Northern California’s mountain lions (Puma concolor): trespass marijuana grows. This is a serious problem that needs attention, and I recently sat down with Phil to learn more about … More Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions

Mattole Trip Part 8: Of Research Questions and Tanoaks

We now come to part eight of the retelling of my introduction to social science field work in the Mattole watershed. To read parts one – seven, search for ‘Mattole’ in the search bar to the right. Once my cohorts and I reluctantly said goodbye to Bob Stansberry, we left his ranch and returned to our … More Mattole Trip Part 8: Of Research Questions and Tanoaks