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Big brained invaders do better

10. April, 2011
Eleutherodactylus johnstonei

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This had me go “oh, that’s quite interesting”, but I’m not sure if I really learned much from it. Below is the reference with a link to the original work, should you want to read it.

Amiel JJ, Tingley R, Shine R (2011) Smart Moves: Effects of Relative Brain Size on Establishment Success of Invasive Amphibians and Reptiles. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18277. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018277


Now, they start out with something quite obvious in the introduction, which is that bigger brains in relation to body size leads to what non-academics would call higher intelligence. It has to do with cognitive function and behavioural plasticity… and stuff.

Now, these things would be Read more…


What happens when you displace migratory birds?

3. April, 2011

Today, I will be writing a little bit about an article I read on PLoS ONE. I will probably find most of my material there because anyone has access to their articles even though they are high standard peer-reviewed articles. I like that.

First, the reference:

Thorup K, Ortvad TE, Rabøl J, Holland RA, Tøttrup AP, et al. 2011 Juvenile Songbirds Compensate for Displacement to Oceanic Islands during Autumn Migration. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17903. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017903

Thorup et al start out with and introduction explaining that little is known about how juvenile migratory birds compensate when they are displaced during migration. We know that juveniles have some sort of navigational system Read more…

Header picture

2. April, 2011

For those of you who don’t know, the species my research focuses on, is the three spined stickleback. I took the picture in the header last year to test out how well my camera copes with taking pictures through aquarium glass. The answer is “not very well”. The fish is one of my males in breeding condition, but as usual in our facilities, he looks quite pale. Not sure what that’s about. Either way, that’s why he has lovely blue eyes.

My second go at blogging (for myself)

2. April, 2011

This will (hopefully) be where I write about my own research as well as other people’s research. Topics will include ecology, behaviour, welfare and probably some other stuff too.

Let’s see how it goes. First real post will probably be tomorrow and if things go according to plan, there will be a new post at least once every week.