I have only just found out about this, but I still think it's a worth while event to take part in. It is called Earth hour, it's aim is to highlight our current unsustainable resource use.It is easy to take part in, just turn off all of your lights tomorrow (23/03/2013) from 8:30-9:30pm. It looks like there are events in cities around the world. For more info just go to the websites listed below.
I have had the first of my PhD chapters accpted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This paper provides the first experimental evidence to support Zahavi's blackmail hypothesis, showing that fledgling pied babblers can blackmail their carers into providing them with more food by threatening their own destruction. Fledgling pied babblers are initially very poor fliers with slow responses to alarm calls. They are therefore at great risk from terrestrial predators. This study shows that by moving to the ground and begging in this dangerous location they can get more food than if they stayed in safer locations. The study highlights that parent-offspring conflict is dynamic and that an offsrping's environment has the potential to influence the outcome of these interactions.
When this paper comes out I will post a link to it.
Women in science
This isn't going to be a big post, as I am trying to write up my PhD at the moment (rushed off my feet). However, as it's international womens day and I know lots of female scientist who I have great respect for I thought I would share this link to an article in Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/science-for-all-1.12535 . Women get a rough deal in science and it means that I have great respect for those that make it to the top, but things need to change. Male scientists need to have more respect for what women have to go through and men need to start to make sacrifices for their families too
I am a behavioural ecologist, my main interests revolve around familial conflicts and their resolutions. However, my scientific interests are fairly broad.