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Category Archives: Science
Telephoto lens attachment for cell phone cameras: useful tool for citizen-science applications like iNaturalist
I have used a clip-on telephoto lens with my iPhone to get better photographs of distant animals for use in citizen-science projects like iNaturalist and HerpMapper. Continue reading
While visiting New Orleans for the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, I had an opportunity to take a short morning trip to the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Park. The park is a short 30 minute … Continue reading
One of the questions we are investigating in my herpetology lab is whether we can recognize individual salamanders based on the pattern of spots on their bellies. We have been studying a population of smallmouth salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) and unisexual … Continue reading
A Caribbean frog showed up in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. It was a young Cuban TreeFrog that hitched a ride from Florida in some plant material being shipped to a Cleveland floral shop. Continue reading
The unique breeding biology of wood frogs makes it easy for biologists to obtain population estimates. Continue reading