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The Urban Scientist


A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences
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    DNLee DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.
  • Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

    Garter Snake photo by DNLee

    Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © on November 2, 2010 as Snakes up close. I’ve got to make a confession. I really don’t give reptile (or amphibians) their just due. I’m a mammalogist, true and through. But I’m also an opportunist, which is why I feature so many plants, flowers, and trees in my [...]

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    You Should Know: Amber Bullingham and Sciency Things

    Amber Bullingham Sciency Things Blog

    Welcome back to You Should Know, my weekly #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. This is installment number 11 and for the first time, we hop across the pond. Introducing…Amber Bullingham and Sciencey Things Amber Bullingham is a Biologist that has always had a passion for writing. She started her blog, Sciency [...]

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    GeekGirlCon or Bust! Help me and my friends bring the #DIYSciZone back

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    Back by popular demand. The DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ‘14! I and my Science-y friends are returning to Seattle to join our friend and founder of the #DIYSciZone, Ray Burks, to bring real-live science to #GGC14 con attendees young and old, and we need your help bringing it back. What is the DIY Science [...]

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    Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

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    This post was originally published at Urban Science Adventures! © on January 23, 2009 as Urban Wildlife Watch: Squirrels and Dreys. ************************* Squirrels are rodents, so that means they are cousins to chipmunks, mice, rats, voles, and beavers. They are members of the Sciuridae family, which means ‘bushy tail’ and is a perfect way to [...]

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    Wordless Wednesdays: Research Snapshots 9

    DNLee with Gambian Pouched Rat, Cricetomys gambianus

    Confession: I kind of miss my pouched rats

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    What makes a Good Scientist? What makes a Thug? Reflections on how young men like Mike Brown are perceived by the public

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    The other weekend I attended SciFoo Camp at Google in Palo Alto, California. It was a real treat to meet and mingle with nearly 200 other scientists, innovators, science communicators and science facilitators. After a robust welcome from Tim O’Reilly himself, each camper introduced him/herself in turn. Near the end of queue, Professor Keivan Stassun [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Getting in my pre-Explorer frame of mind

    Wildlife of East Africa Guide

    I am preparing now to return to Tanzania this fall. So, I’m getting into my explorer mode mindset.

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    Urban Science Adventure: Eye Spy Dragonflies!

    DNLee holding dragon fly

    Have you seen a large beautiful flying insect hovering nearby? I mean glorious and sparkly greens and golds or black and blues, maybe with a little touch of yellow or violet. If you live by water, or know where a nice creek, pond, or lake is, you just may see dragonflies!  Dragonflies are beautiful creatures [...]

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    Going to #NABJ14 and I’m bringing #SciComm with me!

    NABJ14 logo

    I am en route to Boston, headed to the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists Meeting in July 30– August 3, 2014. The Theme is Revolution to Evolution, Shaping Our Future and I will be there representing Science! I believe that a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) communication are revolution. Deliberately and consciously communicating [...]

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    Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 8 – taking measurements

    Young female pouched rat getting her anogenital distance measured

    Research snaphots from what’s active on my desk right now. Yes, this is what has my attention these days – anogenital distances, AGD. Simple basic physical measures of anatomy of AGD can tell scientists a lot of important information about a species. In most mammaliam species AGD is a dimorphic – meaning different in size [...]

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