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    Salamander Coloration Versus Predator Detection: a Race for Survival

    April 9, 2019

    Some salamanders at Fort Ord are bright pink instead of their usual camouflaged brown. Using hundreds of clay model salamanders, Caitlyn Rich investigates whether this coloration might be more common at Fort Ord because it helps the salamanders blend into the pale sand.

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    Community Volunteer Highlight: Al Keuter

    March 28, 2019

    Luba Kaplanskaya interviews Al Keuter, a long-time Norris Center community member and lead volunteer for the Herbarium group. Al serves as a mentor for many students at the Norris Center and studies oaks to show that natural history can be just as valuable as genetic sequencing.

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    US/Mexico Biodiversity Border Project: Engaging the Nature Culture Divide with Participatory Art

    March 13, 2019

    Norris Center undergraduate Alejandra Rueda, and Norris Center graudate student Juniper Harrower highlight their work using biodiversity art to bridge cultural divides across the US/Mexico border.

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    Making the Dead Look Alive: Behind the Scenes of Taxidermy

    January 30, 2019

    Luba Kaplanskaya interviews three students that are currently interning for Alex Krohn under the taxidermy internship. She asks them about their experiences and explores reasons why taxidermy can be considered a valuable asset.

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    Using Feathers to Investigate Cross-Seasonal Effects of Nutrition on Important Winter Traits

    December 19, 2018

    Dylan Pereira describes his project determining whether the colors, and body size of Golden Crowned Sparrows at the UCSC Arboretum are a result of the food they eat. His fascinating research was funded by the Norris Center, and is a part of the ongoing 15-year study of Golden-Crowned Sparrows at the Arboretum headed by Dr. Bruce Lyon.

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    Helping the People of Ulithi in this Rapidly Changing World

    August 27, 2018

    Charlotte Grenier describes her experiences on the Micronesian island of Ulithi where she worked with locals to improve fisheries management, and understand patterns of ocean trash, among other projects. Charlotte is a Norris Center Art and Science Resident, and winner of the Norris Center Student Project Award.