St. Louis Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Haiku

DSC01047 Minnows in water/ indicate old ancestry/ and flowing rivers.
Leiopelma frogs/ jumping cannot tuck their legs/ so they belly flop.
How many women/ Make scientific meetings fair?/ We need many more.
Kudzu from China/ Does American climate/ predict invasion?
Burying beetles/ red and black, care for babies/ by feeding them death.

Treehopper males say ooooh/ Willing females answer mmmm/ in treehopper love.

Why recruit grad students/ When there are few future jobs/ in our colleges?

Have the flowers changed?/ Not Chinese rhododendrons/ or herbaria.

Do you have ten times/ a thousand samples of your/ plant? Sigh, I thought not.

Many plants are gone./ But how can we tell? Test on / Puerto Rico now.

Can we restore our / tropical forests somewhere? /Where is the best place?

Seeds rain down on plots,/ but large uncommon seeds count/ Many big or few small?

Big fish mean big brains/ so take what’s left over/ brain costs, liver doesn’t.

Yeast buds or fissions/ Yet only one can make wine,/ how long ago it split.

Weedy rice shatters/ evolved from indica and aus/, but results vary.

He got to travel/ all over Australia/ for honey eaters.

DSC01067Red dots are less fun/ than honey eater’s colors/ convex hulls don’t glow.

Where are the species?/ Are they hiding in refuges?/ Does climate drive them?

Pleistocene breaks up/ Amazonian species/ in last glacial max.

If you study life/ what taxon should you select/ and what will you learn?

Speak in a soft voice/ like a friendly confidant/ so people listen.

Niche, refugia/ lineage, geography/ mitochondria.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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