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How many hours a week can you work on research?

What are my colleagues around the world doing on this Sunday, a brilliantly sunny February day too warm for a jacket in St. Louis? Are they out hiking, bird watching, or cooking a delicious meal? Are they playing with their … Continue reading

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The most important academic thing an undergraduate must do: cultivate three professors

It is tough to be an undergraduate. You get told all the time what to do, where to be, what to study. Then, just when you get really interested in something, you have to move on. In some ways being … Continue reading

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First, read 2,000 papers, then begin your Ph.D. research

For my husband, David Queller , advice that stuck came back when he was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois and had last week’s seminar speaker, Doug Schemske , as a teaching assistant in a biology course. … Then there were the days at the University of Texas where Don Feener had always read more than we had and had a knack for picking the most important papers out of the new journals that lined the mezzanine of the zoology library in Patterson Labs. Continue reading

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Why is Alan Templeton catching grasshoppers in the Ozarks?

Well, if it does, then the current populations of grasshoppers in glades where humans have suppressed fires for many grasshopper generations should be genetically more isolated and differentiated than those in glades where there were recent fires. … IMG_2281.JPG jeff smith came along and proved to be an excellent grasshopper hunter. IMG_2226.JPG It just looks like a patch in the forest, but the underlying soil is thinner, more rocky. IMG_2289.JPG We saw some other social insects, these lovely tent caterpillars. IMG_2299.JPG   A very nice wasp, Polistes metricus, got caught in the web, unable to hunt these caterpillars. IMG_2261.JPG jeff found this praying mantis. Continue reading

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