5 Research Blogs to Check Out This Week

5 Research Blogs to Check Out This Week

1.Helen Taylor’s blog shares her research work which focuses on population bottlenecks and inbreeding of threatened species. Helen is a research fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She previously worked in public relations, which contributed to her passion for science communication. Helen’s current project studies sperm health of New Zealand South Island robins that have experienced population bottlenecks, but she also has a lot of great research about kiwis on the site.
Don’t Miss: Helen’s 180 seconds of science video which gives a quick look at her exciting research.

2."The Reremouse: A Natural History Blog" is written by ecologist Morgan Hughes. This blog covers a huge range of topics including research about bats, badgers, birding, botany, bugs, and bushcraft. Morgan also shares some great insights about the interactions between science, media and modern society. Overall, this blog has a wealth of information about many topics and breathtaking images to help you truly visualize Morgan’s work.
Don’t Miss: The section about bat research! We find this work to be extra interesting! If you want to learn, even more, you can also check out this site, which Morgan also contributes to.

3."Following Hadrian" is a blog written by Carole who is extremely passionate about the history of the ancient world. She is particularly interested in anything that has to do with Hadrian, the Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. Hadrian was most well-known for his travels around the Roman Empire during his reign. Carole’s current project is to follow Hadrian’s travel patterns over the years of his reign and will continue this journey from 2017 until 2038. Carole has already planned the first two years of travel, and this blog is the perfect place to track her along her mission.
Don’t Miss: Carole’s amazing photographs which are featured on the site and are the subject of her corresponding photo blog, "Following Hadrian Photography".

4."Faces of Fieldwork" is a blog which asks researchers to share reflections on the fieldwork they are doing. This isn’t always glamorous, and sometimes contributors tell stories of #FieldWorkFails, which fully allows this blog to give an honest look at what it is like to be involved with fieldwork. The blog was started by paleontologist Andrew Barr, who when on a trip to Kenya noticed his beard was looking scruffy and he coined the term “Faces of Fieldwork.”
Don’t Miss: Primatologist Kat’s reflection about an amazing fieldwork project tracking orangutans. It’s one of our favorites on the site!

5."A New Zeal and An Old Volcano" is written by Geoff, an American geologist currently working in Auckland, New Zealand. Geoff studies volcanoes and is particularly interested in exploring how they impact people. For example, some of his research questions are “How can we measure where an eruption will have the most impact?” and “How can we best communicate about volcano risks?” The blog has many great articles with information about working and living as a zoologist.
Don’t Miss: The research page which gives an eye-opening look at how Geoff plans and executes his work at Mt. Taranaki.

Bonus Blog!
For a little comic relief, check out "Science Shenanigans". This blog is “dedicated to sharing the sillier side of science,” and its light-hearted articles are fun and informative.

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