Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt
Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt
The biologist at the University of Sunshine Coast in Australia wants to understand why some animal species adapt well to urbanization, while others fall flat.
Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt
Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt

The biologist at the University of Sunshine Coast in Australia wants to understand why some animal species adapt well to urbanization, while others fall flat.

The biologist at the University of Sunshine Coast in Australia wants to understand why some animal species adapt well to urbanization, while others fall flat.

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Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2020
The University of Washington parasite ecologist aims to understand how humans have changed the diversity and abundance of the enigmatic and misunderstood organisms.
Tom Norris, Marine Mammal Acoustician, Dies at 55
Tom Norris, Marine Mammal Acoustician, Dies at 55
Amanda Heidt | Sep 18, 2020
Norris, who founded the research firm Bio-Waves, furthered the study of marine mammals using passive acoustic monitoring technology he designed himself.
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2019
Interspecies adoptions are rare, but it’s not the first time this population of dolphins in French Polynesia has attempted it.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2018
After release from rehab, bottlenose Billie started walking on water with her tail. Studying how the behavior spread could offer clues about how animals learn from each other.
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2018
The resulting lost protein, PON1, breaks down organophosphates in land mammals.
Image of the Day: Distress Signal
Image of the Day: Distress Signal
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 13, 2018
Dolphins and pilot whales can tell which orcas are coming for them by listening to their calls.  
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2017
The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.
Image of the Day: No Table Manners
Image of the Day: No Table Manners
The Scientist Staff | Aug 24, 2017
Ancient bones of the newly described toothless, stout-nosed dolphin Inermorostrum xenops suggest that it slurped its food.
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2017
Capitalizing on dolphins' astute and playful nature, scientists devised an underwater interactive touchscreen game to help them study and interact with these creatures.
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 1, 2016
The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.
New Species Links River and Oceanic Dolphins
New Species Links River and Oceanic Dolphins
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 2, 2015
Fossilized remains from a river dolphin relative provide some details about when the mammals left the oceans.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 28, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Fluke Forces
Fluke Forces
Dan Cossins | Apr 1, 2014
Dolphins prove that they rely on muscle power, rather than a trick of fluid dynamics, to race through water at high speeds.
<em>The Scientist</em> on The Pulse #4
The Scientist on The Pulse #4
Kerry Grens | Feb 2, 2014
This week, Kerry Grens talks about a new study predicting Midwest earthquakes in the future, a new species of river dolphin, and the biomechanics of flying snakes.
New River Dolphin
New River Dolphin
Abby Olena | Jan 27, 2014
DNA sequencing study reveals a new river dolphin species in South America.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Jan 16, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
BBC Cameras Capture Dolphin High?
BBC Cameras Capture Dolphin High?
Jef Akst | Jan 2, 2014
A new, two-part TV series to be aired on BBC1 includes video of dolphins playing with toxic puffer fish—possibly to get intoxicated.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jan 1, 2014
Are Dolphins Really Smart?, Newton's Football, Outsider Scientists, and We Are Our Brains