April 15, 2019

From sample collection to sequencing, find out how researchers study the communities of tiny organisms living in wild animals!

December 23, 2018

In the summer of 2017, I was introduced to six personable, hilarious, and loving individuals: Shawn, Ivy, Maya, Max, Puck, and Jade. They comprised the two troops of howler monkeys placed into my care during my volunteer placement at Wildtracks, a wildlife rehabilitati...

June 6, 2018

Though invisible to the naked eye, rich worlds of microbes are contained in our bodies. Our gut, skin, mouth, and most of our body is home to unique communities of microbes including viruses, protists, bacteria, archaea, and fungi. These communities are also known as t...

April 18, 2018

On a recent trip to India, I was surprised to witness a type of pseudo-class hierarchy amongst different primate species. The rhesus macaque call India their home along with parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, and a handful of other nearby countries.  In India, th...

February 22, 2018


What can slightly-sweaty primates teach us about that uber-sweaty primate, Homo sapiens?

Above: Chimpanzee. Photo by Jill Preutz. 

Right: Elite human marathoner. Photo by Scott Mason Photography.

When you think about what separates humans from...

December 7, 2017

On my way into my other job, I usually see a sidewalk board from the salon behind us to entice potential walk-in clients. For the past few weeks, the sign has simply said "Your hair shouldn't say 'I give up!'" Uh, okay? A little presumptive, but also reflective of mode...

October 26, 2017

With Halloween and the holiday season swiftly approaching, please consider being responsible and informed consumers when buying candy for trick-or-treaters or as gifts for friends and family. Palm oil is often an ingredient in sweets, however palm oil plantations have...

June 12, 2017

I originally started this post with warm weather in mind; not too long ago, it was 95 and sunny. But, as I sit here editing and putting the finishing touches on this post, it's a gloomy 55 and rainy, and I wish I had a second sweater with me. Summer seems like a myth r...

May 2, 2017

It's finally spring here in Western Massachusetts! We've transitioned from they gloomy gray of an unpredictable winter to the bright colors of fresh leaves and blooms. This week, why not celebrate spring with equally bright and colorful baby monkeys? 

 Meet Trachyp...

April 3, 2017

Knowledge is crucial to conservation (and, I mean, life in general, but that's outside the scope of this blog). But how many primates do you know of? Do you know how many species there are in the world? (505, according to the IUCN database!) Do you know the differences...

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