Tag: Animals

Fun Facts about the Cutest Baby Animals of Spring, and how they Contribute to Science

Fun Facts about the Cutest Baby Animals of Spring, and how they Contribute to Science

Spring is officially here, so it’s time for some science about some of the most adorable baby animals. In my past training as an animal scientist at UC Davis, spring was largely marked by births within all the herds at our campus animal facilities. As…

In the Wake of Hurricane Florence: How Genetic Tools Can Prevent Ecosystem Damage

In the Wake of Hurricane Florence: How Genetic Tools Can Prevent Ecosystem Damage

Hurricane Florence was devastating to much of the Carolinas. The flooding that ensued destroyed not only homes and livelihoods, but greatly affected animal agriculture. The effects of Florence resulted in the deaths of millions of animals and caused massive overflows or “overtopping” of animal waste,…

Let’s Talk about Pets!

Let’s Talk about Pets!

I love my pets. Growing up, I always had animals: fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, and even rats (my mom was particularly happy when those were out of the house). The current menagerie includes two cats, two fish, a bearded dragon, and a horse, and two fish.…

Little Farmers in the Animal Kingdom

Little Farmers in the Animal Kingdom

Think of a farmer. Chances are, an image of an overall-wearing, pitchfork-wielding man just popped into your head. But humans are only one of a surprisingly large group of animals that cultivate their own food. You might already know about leaf-cutter ants–some 47 species of…