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Atheists in the Biological Sciences

A group for biologists, and those with an interest in biology, to get together and talk about what interests them the most: the fascinating study of life.

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Comment by TNT666 on January 16, 2012 at 10:18pm

Indeed, herpers are an uncommon breed of scientists :)

@ Annie: The tadpole habitat selection was meant to determine what, if any, tadpole habitat played a role in the long term decline of Rana septentrionalis (Mink Frog). Unfortunately the geographical location my supervisor insisted I focus on had insufficient specimens to do the study, which is why I switched to sex determination.

@ Chizu: We have only three vet schools in Canada, entrance is insanely difficult, even though my grades were right, I would've needed experience with vets to even hope to get in, and never got around to it. Vet assistant I think would be a very satisfying job... leading eventually to vet? I've hesitated because I suspect I'd find it hard to deal with euthanasia on a daily basis, ...and cases animal cruelty.

Frogs are just the cutest things, specially Tree frogs!

I once picked up off the ground the mother of all Green Frogs, a female, which must have weighed nearly 5 lbs!!!! I needed both hands to pick her up, and my hands were far from touching!..... and then she screamed!!!!!!!... I swear, I was so surprised... I let her go immediately. Very efficient predator repellent! :)

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 16, 2012 at 10:02pm

Hello TNT666.  It's fun to meet fellow herpers here.  Best wishes Chizu as you pursue your degrees.  TNT666- what was your study on tadpole habitat selection?  It sounds interesting.  I live in Florida, but spent most of my time herping in the tropics.  My husband is the true herper... but it sucked me in. My interest is in bats. 

Comment by TNT666 on January 16, 2012 at 9:44pm

What's an AAS degree?

Comment by TNT666 on January 16, 2012 at 9:43pm

Hi fellow 'herpers' Annie and Chizu. I did my M.Sc on tadpole habitat selection and pleurodeles sex differenciation. Ah the stories of late night collections stuck chest deep in slow river muds! :)
But that was in the 90s...

I don't keep any for recreational purposes though.

My M.Sc. supervisor was studying genetic hybridisation of Ontario Garter Snakes as well as that of Jefferson/Blue-spotted Salamander Complex. I got so many snake bites the Summer I worked on his research, one does amazingly get used to it... as well as the smell of endless stress defecation... :(

Sure do miss those days... up here in Yukon, we generally only find Wood Frogs, and certainly no snakes.

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 16, 2012 at 9:27pm

Cool!  My husband used to breed arboreal pit vipers (mainly eyelash vipers) and poison dart frogs for zoos and aquariums.  We haven't had anything hot in years... but were thinking of getting some eyelashes again.  We are down to one herp... my 12 year old daughter has a corn snake... a hearty starter snake. ;-)  Good luck on your degree.  And yes, people who will work venomous snakes is necessary... and important.  Plus, I think they are the most beautiful. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 16, 2012 at 8:53pm

Yes Chizu!  Or perhaps used to be.  No longer breeding anything, but still enjoy roadcruising after a good summer rain.  What do you work with?

Comment by TNT666 on January 16, 2012 at 2:41am

Homo toxicus

Excellent medical and toxicological documentary on the consequences of all the chemicals in our lives, on our lives and our immune systems.

(Viewed on Netflix)

Comment by TNT666 on January 11, 2012 at 11:36pm

Very interesting documentary playing right now on CBC radio on the consequences of the "Green Revolution" which has been ongoing since the 2nd WW.

Comment by Dylan Michael McFarland on August 29, 2011 at 12:26am

Hi all.

 

I read an article in Scientific American on speciation and it provides a web-link to evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.php

which provides a fun college freshman-level overview of evolution, if anyone is interested.

Comment by Mrina on August 4, 2011 at 7:15am
That sounds awesome... I don't have cable :( We just have a few basic channels.
 

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