Biology Fun-damentals

Aug 03, 2018

Stickleback fish

Posted in:  ·  General  Science

Meet your typical stickleback dad. My research is based on understanding how genes contribute to his behavior.

A mostly blue fish above a fake aquarium plant that has a nest made of pebbles to the left of its base.

You can tell this is a male ready to become a dad because of his blue color. He also has red/orange color under his throat. Its only during the summer breeding season that he will look like this. Not all males will color up this brightly as it depends on a number of factors including the amount of light and the surrounding environment (gravel color). This particular male has improvised a nest ...

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Aug 08, 2016

The Goal of this Site

Posted in:  ·  Science

When reading this blog, please relax, enjoy the journey that is scientific learning and remember that science is for everyone.

I hope to bring techniques to you in digestible bites and maybe even point to their elegant use in the literature. Posts will included an explanation level rating. You may note that with these different levels, some techniques may get multiple entries at different levels, but not all will. I personally believe that any technique can be explained at even the simplest level.

Guide to Explanation Levels

Introductory is intended for a general, non-scientist audience (middle school or above), including those scared by science. Expect analogies and a focus more on the purpose behind a technique.

General is aimed at anyone with an interest (but not necessarily training) in science. This will include more on the logic behind the technique and its application (use and conclusions).

Detailed is reserved for biologist-in-training, as it will include some discussion of the measurement involved in the technique, which may be beyond the interest of a casual reader. However, the level of detail will still be at that of an introduction rather than a protocol. Additionally, this will be where differences in variants on the technique will be discussed in greater depth.

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