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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Snowshoeing: Palouse Divide

I must have forgotten to post about this trip. This was last week, January 5, 2013. This was Idaho Parks and Recreation's free day in which no parking pass was required to use the Park n' Ski areas or any of the state parks. There are two Park n' Ski areas near Moscow: Elk River and Palouse Divide. The Park…

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Snowshoeing: Spud Hill

This snowshoeing thing is taking off, and if I keep this up, I'll be in shape enough to not suck at hiking at the beginning of the hiking season. This week's adventure brings us up Spud Hill, also known by some as Mount Deary. Spud Hill was my first Idaho summit, and it's a great little local hike that I…

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A walk in the snow

[caption id="attachment_321" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A layer of mist hovers over the snow behind the house.[/caption] Well, now that Winter has finally arrived, we thought it might be fun to tromp through the snow and get some exercise. I dusted off the snowshoes (literally) and we set off for a little hike out of our back yard. As we began our…

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Thanksgiving, Parts II & III

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Las Vegas from Lone Mountain[/caption] Holy smokes, it's almost Christmas and I never really finished posting about my Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. So, I'm going to give the abbreviated version of the rest of the trip and then move on to some more current events. When I visit Las Vegas, it's not for the usual…

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What I am thankful for

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, many people post about the things they are thankful for. I have been stewing over just how to say what it is I'm thankful for, because it's a little bit different than most people's ideals. There are two major concepts that I am thankful for. Number one is free will. Number two is…

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Fall Foliage

I've been spending a lot of time finishing up my dissertation proposal, which is due in a little over a week, and that has kept me from taking time to enjoy the outdoors. We got some considerable rain over the past weekend which lead to some dramatic skies and really clear views on Monday and Tuesday, but I just wasn't…

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Aurora

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A test shot from early on in the night. Notice the two meteors captured in this frame. Apparently, I also caught the end of a major meteor shower.[/caption]   This story begins Friday night when I learned that a large coronal mass ejection (CME) sent a burst of solar radiation from the sun headed toward Earth.…

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Smoke in the Air

Where have I been the last three weeks? To put it lightly, I have been choking on smoke. Since returning from the Seven Devils trip over Labor Day Weekend, the wildfires in the northwest, particularly in Idaho, have flared up. A fire south of the Devils appeared as well as a large fire just outside of Riggins. There have been…

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