Tag Archives: Santa Cruz

Applying science to management

I have been preparing to lead a one day workshop on the recovery of the endangered Ohlone tiger beetle. The purpose of the workshop is for all of the managers, land owners, and regulators, such as from the City Parks, … Continue reading

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How many beetles does it take?

When people find out that I study the Ohlone tiger beetle, many of them ask “how many are there?”. This is an obvious and good question to ask, but it is very difficult to answer and actually may not even … Continue reading

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Conservation games: Wildlife Tracker

It seems that one effective way to get kids (and adults!) interested or involved in a subject is to put it in a video game. It can be difficult to put conservation research into game form in a way that … Continue reading

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Move over! You’re stealin’ my food!

When a population of a species gets big, sometimes the individuals of the same species will compete for food- causing their fellow species members to die. This is called negative density-dependence. Basically, when the density (e.g. number of tiger beetles … Continue reading

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Braking for Beetles: link to Liza Gross coverage of my work!

Liza Gross, KQED science writer recently blogged about my work with the Ohlone tiger beetle and recreation. She does a great job talking about the POSITIVE aspects of recreation, but also how mountain bikers can reduce their harm to the … Continue reading

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Lions and coyotes and raccoons- oh yeah!

I currently live in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a fairly rural place, so I often see deer, coyotes, and bobcats. Lately, my dog has decided that coyote chasing is a fun activity. I do not agree. Luckily, she always comes … Continue reading

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If I were an Ohlone tiger beetle for a day…

I was recently on our Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay local radio station KUSP talking about what I would love to be! At least for a day…… Here’s the link: http://blogs.kusp.org/firstperson/2012/02/27/ohlone-tiger-beetle/

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