Science Blog

Science Blog Read All

Add new comment

December 17, 2019
For what purpose is it important to understand how closely related individuals are in a population? In the case of the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) managed care program, it appears crucial for...
December 17, 2019
Over 30,000 species worldwide are known to be are threatened with extinction. Of the 112,432 species assessed by the IUCN, 14% are data deficient, meaning we don’t have enough information to correctly assess...
December 17, 2019
Pocket mice in peril The endangered Pacific pocket mouse (PPM) was historically distributed across a stretch of sandy soil habitat spanning from Tijuana to Los Angeles. After large-scale development began...
December 16, 2019
Fire, it is one of the things that as a Southern Californian, I am acutely aware of and have learned to try to prepare for during certain times of the year. Our Southern California native habitat has evolved to...
December 16, 2019
Interactions between Andean bears and people may have serious consequences for the bears. The killing of bears in response to damages is thought to be one of the key threats to the conservation of Andean bears....
December 16, 2019
Working in the Disease Investigations team, one of our core questions is why an animal has died. Through our work, we are able to recognize disease processes in hopes of preventing them. It is natural to be curious...
December 16, 2019
Part 4 of 4: Contagious cancers You may be wondering what a contagious cancer is and if it’s the same thing as a cancer caused by bacteria or viruses. Well, it’s not the same thing. Contagious cancers...
December 16, 2019
Part 3 of 4: Genetic predisposition Many of us have heard that we look like one of our parents or siblings, “you have your mother’s eyes” or such. Just as with traits such as eye shape and...
December 16, 2019
Part 2 of 4: Viruses Viruses, microscopic parasites which can infect living organisms and cause disease, may be associated with about 20 percent of cancers in humans. However, we know little about...
December 16, 2019
Part 1 of 4: Environmental contaminants The idea that cancer could cause human extinction may sound absurd. Until recently the same could have been said for most wildlife populations. However, over the past...

Pages