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What color is it?

A long time ago, I was leading a group of college students on a field trip to the Mojave Desert...
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More on “What is natural habitat?”

Picking up where we left off in last month’s Research Blog, in considering so-called natural habitats, I thought I would...
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What is natural habitat?

Habitat conversion is, inarguably, the most devastating impact that humans have upon the natural world. Directly witnessing the effects of...
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Chasing new species

I spend a large proportion of my scientific career tracking down and formally naming species that are new to science....
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Another productive year for science

Wrapping up another productive year of research here at Zoo Atlanta, I’d thought I’d share with you the fruits of...
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Dialing back the clock with new perspectives

In our last Research Blog, we discussed the sad reality of the contemporary extinctions we are facing—the appropriately named Sixth...
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Contemporary mass extinctions?

In 2008, my close colleagues, herpetologists David Wake and Vance Vredenburg, used the amphibian crisis to support their invocation of...
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Tackling novel threats to biodiversity

We do not usually think of cancers as being infectious because cancers themselves are generally not pathogens. As in all...
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Genome of the dragon

The story behind the science Longtime Zoo friends will remember Slasher, our huge and wonderfully tempered Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)....
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For the love of coffee

Who loves coffee?  I do, I do! Coffee, as we know it, is cultivated as varietals of two species of...
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