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December 18, 2018
In the course of my iguana conservation work, I have been to numerous islands in the Caribbean, large and small. But two little cays have eluded and intrigued me since I first floated along their shores by boat in...
December 12, 2018
Small Populations Spell Big Trouble Weighing about as much as five paper clips, the smallest mouse in North America is the endangered Pacific pocket mouse (PPM). It historically occupied a stretch of sandy soil...
December 12, 2018
I recently travelled to South Africa to train with a collaborator to the Northern White Rhino Initiative, Dr. Morné de la Rey of EmbryoPlus. He has been working on a method to collect viable oocytes from living...
December 10, 2018
Three years have passed since the rhinos at the Rhino Rescue Center (RRC) arrived on a jet from South Africa. Not only did they land on my birthday (what a great “gift”!) but I also knew I was soon to...
December 07, 2018
Giant otters are large, active, aquatic carnivores that spend hours foraging and socializing every day. Their diet is almost exclusively based on fish.  When we started the Peru Giant Otter Conservation...
December 07, 2018
Meet Derek and Robert. Derek is about 10 years old and Robert is about eight years old. They live in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at the Beckman Center in Escondido. The Beckman Center is the home base of the...
December 07, 2018
Mycobacteria are probably best known for causing tuberculosis and leprosy. These two impactful diseases described throughout history still exist today. They are caused by different species of mycobacteria,...
December 07, 2018
It is that season again. Twice a year the Molecular Diagnostics Lab gears up to test hundreds of desert tortoises. In the spring and fall these iconic species are tested for a couple of Mycoplasma species namely...
December 07, 2018
A frequent question I get asked is, “Do you work with the animals?” Yes and no. I am not in direct contact with the animals in our care. I don’t even see them on most days. Sometimes I hear the...
December 07, 2018
The Mojave Desert is being transformed. Solar energy is being sourced in this seemingly vast landscape. Housing is being built. Infrastructure is being expanded. All for the needs of our growing population....

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