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We are not the same (& that is fine): Different Approaches to Animal Behavior

I don't wear a lab coat; and this is a baby pouched rat. A baby!

I’m in full throttle Research mode and as I am oft to do – I think very deeply about the meaning and purpose of my tests. My ever-evolving research philosophy is definitely a very whole organism approach. The whole animal is my subject. In my care, the whole animal is my responsibility, not just the [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: #DNLeeLab experience with Crystal Violet Vaginal Cytology

Pouched Rat Vaginal Cytology

I recently took a look*  at these slides where vaginal epithelial cells from my pouched rats were collected in Summer 2013. One of our goals is to decipher the reproductive mysteries of pouched rat: sexual maturity, cycling, breeding, etc. * By I took a look, I mean I had an undergraduate take a look. This [...]

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The Urban Scientist

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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The Urban Scientist

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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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Making Panyabuuku Plans

Cricetomys ansorgei African Giant pouched rat in a pot

I’m in planning mode for my return trip to Tanzania to study African Giant Pouched Rats, Cricetomys ansorgei This is what I spend a good portion of my time doing, live-trapping and capturing pouched rats, called panyabuuku, in the wild. This is what I actually have in store for me – literally! A large pile [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: I study the most adorable species in the world – Pouched Rats

African Giant Pouched Rat Cricetomys ansorgei in trap looking adorable and eating banana 2

We can’t all study the most adorable, photogenic rat ever known, so I generously share all of the cuteness with you. Pouched Rats – the most adorable little beasties!

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The Urban Scientist

#FieldworkFriday: Field of Four Leaf Clovers

clover page

If you’ve been following my recent #DispatchesDNLee Adventures trapping prairie voles in Illinois, you may have notice all of the pictures of 4 leaf clovers I’ve posted, especially on Facebook. I’ve found nearly 20 4-leaf clovers since @RiceisReal and I arrived here to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois last week. Thanks to my mom, I started four-leaf clover [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#DispatchesDNLee: Back in the field (Illinois)

Marissa Rice

I am on a Dispatches from DNLee Adventure, but this time it’s here in the States.  The last several days have been spent outside in the fields and farmlands of central Illinois. Good times. As a PhD student, I spent several weekends (spread over a few months) trapping and collecting prairie voles. Microtus ochrogaster, for my [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 7

Pouched Rat Social interaction 2

Social Interaction observation of African giant pouched rats, Cricetomys ansorgei. The entire size of the social interaction apparatus is about 2 m x 1.25 m and about 60 cm tall. It is made of metal. This divided multi-chamber allows safe interaction between individual. Pouched rats may climb up or down the gratings but they can’t [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 5

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