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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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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

A night of science and stars at the Chabot Space & Science Museum with OZY and me

DNLee headshot 12

There has been much talk about new media organizations as of late. Whom and which are innovative enough, new enough, dynamic enough? Diverse enough? Well, it’s still too early to call it but I am excited about one of the new new players – OZY. It stamps it self as Smarter. Fresher. Different.  So far, [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 5

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#FieldworkFriday: Field Fashion

Gum boots

I think it was Fashion Week somewhere in the world last week.  I thought about how Dressing for the Field is both a matter of practicality an expression. LOL Wardrobe basics: Now to assemble outfits. Seriously, I enjoy wearing simple, comfortable color coordinated clothes while in the field. It makes me feel like me plus [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#FieldworkFriday: Capture & Release

Summer 2013 I completed the 2nd field season of an ongoing Capture-Mark-Recapture project for African Giant Pouched Rats (CM) Cricetomys ansorgei (formerly C. gambianus) in Morogoro, Tanzania. I capture rats, take measurements, give them an individual identifying microchip, and then release back into the wild.  It’s pretty simple. Sometimes I see them again, sometimes I [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#DispatchesDNLee: Culinary Tour of my Tanzanian Meals

salad, mbuzi (goat meat) ugali

You have to eat. No matter what else happens in life, where we go or why we go, we can’t escape the necessity of eating, fueling up. One of the most popular questions I get about my visits to Tanzania is: “How’s the food?” It was different. Not bad at all. My biggest surprises was [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#FieldworkFriday: Field Research Preparations – Bricks and traps

Assembling the live traps.

Bricks and traps.  For those more verse with Urban Dictionary, you’d think I was dealing in contraband, but nope. I was doing the necessary work to expand my field sites this year. Instead of flags, I use these large bricks with painted numbers and letters to designate the coordinates of the trap station. It’s a [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#FieldworkFriday: Putting my foot down

African Pouched Rat foot pad, Cricetomys

Inspired by all of the Throwback Thursday posts on Facebook and Twitter, FaN Club Dad, @Nkrumah_Frazier, has started a new social media meme: Fieldwork Friday! You share photos of your experiences in the field. What a perfect way to keep sharing all of those random, goofy, fun, and exciting pictures from your research expeditions.  (Like [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#DispatchesDNLee back on Oklahoma Research Grind & on the Road

#DispatchesDNLee posing with baby rat, panyabukuu African Giant Pouched Rat Cricetomys

I’m back, in Oklahoma and in the research saddle as it were; and I am as busy as ever. My research field trip to Tanzania was a success. I got a lot done and collected much data. Plus, I completed an entire behavioral experiment. And of course, I soaked in the culture, wildlife, and natural [...]

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