15 de noviembre de 2023

Home BioBlitz and Naturalist's Potluck

On Sunday Dec 10th at 10am, naturalists are invited to a BioBlitz and potluck at my house (1450 Slater) in the JC neighborhood of Santa Rosa. It is 1/9th of an acre with a large Quercus lobata over the front, several smaller trees, and an old above-ground pool collecting rainwater. Digging, turning stuff over, etc are encouraged within reason. We have kids and an indoor cat, feel free to bring your own small mammals and your favorite naturalists. The goals are to socialize with other naturalists and document our urban wildlife.
Please let me know that you'll come!



Publicado el noviembre 15, 2023 05:09 TARDE por dlevitis dlevitis | 19 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de febrero de 2023

Evolution for Naturalists Course

Several students in the California Naturalist training I help to teach each year have commented on how little we touch on evolution. Naturalists first proposed ideas of evolution, the diversity we celebrate is the result and fuel of evolution, and most of the "why" questions we ask require an evolutionary answer. Our populations of interest are currently evolving, and will continue to.

Most people who know me in the North Bay know a naturalist, ecologist, and wildlife biologist working at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, but my Ph.D. and most of my publications are explicitly evolutionary biology. I've had an evolutionary mindset since I was a small child, and I agree that we should be offering Naturalists more evolution. Teaching and writing about evolution was my bread and butter for years, and it is a topic I love.

So I will, starting March 9th 2023, teach "Evolution for Naturalists" online, three consecutive Thursday evenings.

In online lectures and discussions we will learn about phylogeny, natural selection, hybridization, and other key evolutionary processes. We will review how naturalists use evolutionary thinking and how evolutionary biologists can use naturalists’ participatory science data. We will examine the major misconceptions and misuses that plague evolutionary thinking.

A limited number of scholarships is available based on need. If cost is a barrier to enrolling in this course, I highly encourage you to apply for a scholarship.

I would like to ask your help in getting the word out about this course. Please tag or contact anyone you think might benefit or help. Thank you.

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Publicado el febrero 24, 2023 05:53 MAÑANA por dlevitis dlevitis | 1 observación | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario