Evolution at Snowbird

This year's Evolution meeting was held at the Snowbird resort in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend this meeting and present a talk on the correlation (or lack thereof) of boldness behaviors and swimming behavior in an open field. Of course, while meetings are great for presenting research…

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Palouse Falls

There seems to be a trend among people that when you live in a certain area, you tend to take for granted your proximity to tourist attractions and not visit them. Local attractions aren't really a priority because they're always there, so you can always visit them later. Well, later can turn into years. In this case, three years. I've…

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Problem Solving to Victory: RLE

Today I had a sort of "Boo-yah!" moment when I solved a problem I've been working on since the summer. Here's the back story: We've been integrating video tracking into our behavior assays in the lab, and in order to implement this method into research, I have been working with one of the math-bio undergrads on writing R-code to import…

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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

I had to go to Spokane for a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, and it happened to be a nice day, so I suggested that while we were up there, we should go to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and spend some time outdoors. I've known the refuge was there and have always wanted to check it out, but…

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Birding in Lewiston

Given my current disabled condition, there's not much I can do to get ouside and enjoy the sunshine, but there are a few places that I can go. There are paved walking and bike trails in every nearby town, and some of them offer spectacular scenery. The Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes, for example, starts in Plummer and meanders for…

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