Archive for November 2011

Why we need to make science “SEXY”

This past week us Americans gave thanks- thanks to our families, friends, co-workers, etc.  Yes, I am absolutely grateful for everyone that has come into my life, but I’m also grateful for science and you should too!  Just think about it, without science, you wouldn’t be reading this right now!  Without science, there would be…

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“I’m Sexy and I Know It…”

“I’m Sexy and I Know It…”  If data could talk, this is exactly what my data of after three years would say ( in quoting LMFAO).  For the last 3 1/2 years, I had a vision of how to approach my PhD research.  I was determined to work with alligators and their parasites- one of…

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How You Catch a Croc in Pajamas

While doing croc research and volunteering for ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary) in Belize, we were notified by the Belize Forest Wildlife Department of a problematic croc in a lagoon surrounded by houses who had lost its fear in humans.  Crocs who don’t see humans as prey usually lose their fear of humans when humans…

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How would you name a parasite?

This last week has had a lot of thrills if you love parasites as much as I do!  Discovering a new subfamily, genus and species of parasite would make any biologist crap in their pants out of joy!  Although most people know me as a crocodilian parasitologist (just coined up the term!), I have also…

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Close Call…

This picture is getting attention again… a friend found this picture of me jumping away from the mouth of a 7 foot American Crocodile when I was in Belize.  The Belize Wildlife officers were at ACES coming to check out the health status of Snapper, an abused endangered American Crocodile who was brought to the…

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Scientists in Sin-City

The lights.  The screams of joy winning $500 playing Craps, and the moans of drinking way too much as your friends drag you on the strip.  Yep, that’s Vegas.  I love this town- its like a second home to me.  For 3 generations my family has come here to party and to get together.  I…

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Viva Las Vegas!

Vegas- the adult sinful version of Disneyland.  This place has been the second home of my family for a couple of generations.  I believe “Stardust” was one of my first words, and I actually do remember driving into Vegas as a little kid getting super excited yelling out “Sttaarrrdduuussstttt!!!!”  The Vegas I knew then is…

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Coming soon…

Within the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting pictures from my past research travels along with pictures and video so you can join along on the adventure of decoding the mystery between crocodilians and their parasites.  Stay tuned!!!!

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A day of excitement and fear!!!!

Wow- what a day!  First, I nervously twitch my thumbs and legs as I see if anyone will contribute to my sci-fund project.  I emailed a few people dear and close to me.  Right when I thought no one would contribute – boom!!!!  $70 in total and that means a lot to me!  Every little…

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The SciFund Challenge Begins!!!!

Everyone knows the economy isn’t the greatest right now, and its really tough for us scientists.  So, some amazing researchers thought of organizing a bunch of scientific researchers internationally to try to fuel our own research projects- thus the SciFund Challenge was born!  The challenge begins November 1st and ends December 15th.  For anyone interested…

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