Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies

The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.

The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.

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Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
The Scientist Staff | Aug 6, 2020
Working at bushmeat markets in Africa, researchers are trying to trace the trade networks of the mammals.
Image of the Day: Lion Cam
Image of the Day: Lion Cam
Amy Schleunes | Apr 2, 2020
A wildlife camera trap survey of critically endangered West African lions finds they have no preference for parks over trophy-hunting areas, possibly because of poor habitat quality in the no-hunting zones.
Conflicts of Interest at Conservation Group IUCN: Investigation
Conflicts of Interest at Conservation Group IUCN: Investigation
Amy Schleunes | Feb 14, 2020
Buzzfeed uncovers trophy hunters among the ranks of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which, critics say, may be impeding wildlife protection.
Image of the Day: Close Encounters
Image of the Day: Close Encounters
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 19, 2019
Watch a hawk close in on a target.
Wolves Could Lose Protected Status in Lower 48 States
Wolves Could Lose Protected Status in Lower 48 States
Kerry Grens | Mar 7, 2019
The US Department of the Interior determined that the population has rebounded enough to no longer need Endangered Species Act protection; conservation biologists disagree.
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  
Science Behind Hunting Quotas Unavailable: Study
Science Behind Hunting Quotas Unavailable: Study
Ruth Williams | Mar 7, 2018
A large-scale survey of wild game regulations in North America finds science-based policies lacking, and poor transparency on the part of agencies may contribute.  
Idaho Officials Challenge Court Order to Destroy Illegally Collected Wildlife Data
Idaho Officials Challenge Court Order to Destroy Illegally Collected Wildlife Data
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 10, 2017
A federal court had ordered the Idaho Fish and Game Department to destroy data collected from a protected wilderness area. 
Image of the Day: The Last Sloth
Image of the Day: The Last Sloth
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 16, 2017
An artist’s impression suggests what the Caribbean may have looked like before humans arrived. 
Reconstructing the Effects of the Fur Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Reconstructing the Effects of the Fur Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2017
Researchers use a century of trade records to uncover differences in the resilience of terrestrial and aquatic species.
Historical Hunts
Historical Hunts
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2016
See images from a century of fur trapping and hunting in the Amazon basin.
Hunting Off the Hook?
Hunting Off the Hook?
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2015
Historical data shed new light on the possible causes of southern sea lion decline in the Falkland Islands.
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Molly Sharlach | Nov 16, 2014
Researchers find high stress hormone levels in the hair of hunted wolves in Northern Canada.
Slashers of the Sea
Slashers of the Sea
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 24, 2014
With high-speed cameras, scientists find that sailfish use their bills to corral and slash other fish, like schooling sardines.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Chris Palmer | Aug 5, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Book Excerpt from Rough and Tumble
Book Excerpt from Rough and Tumble
Travis Rayne Pickering | Mar 31, 2013
In Chapter 3, “Tamping the Simian Urge,” author Travis Rayne Pickering contrasts the brute physicality of predatory chimpanzees with the headier hunting style employed by humans.
Snake Tales
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2012
An anthropologist and a herpetologist join forces to reveal the complex shared evolutionary and ecological history of pythons and primates.