Category Archives: Notes from Madeline

Review: “Wild Ones” shows a new side of our shrinking world

I’ll miss the sharks. I’ll miss the sea turtles and the manatees. These are the species that have my heart—and that’s not fair. In his 2013 book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking … Continue reading

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Honeybee study holds clues for humans

I recently moved from small-town Illinois to big-city California, and now a new article has me wondering if this move could have changed my genes. In this article for Pacific Standard, science writer David Dobbs explains how bees, birds and … Continue reading

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Two years, countless animal facts

I’m wrapping up my current job at the American Society of Animal Science. It has been a crazy couple of years, and I’ve learned so much. For example, a sheep’s placenta is very similar to a human placenta. That’s why … Continue reading

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From “Shark Lady” to shark soup

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Shark news update! While beachgoers in Florida worry about a shark attack off St. Augustine, shark behavior research goes strong. First — A shameless plug. I had to investigate when I ran into a reference to Dr. … Continue reading

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The story of a worm

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Here’s how I know I’m weird: my ears perk up when I hear the word “nematode.” See, I worked in a nematology lab for most of college, and my time with this group of roundworms has left … Continue reading

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No time for love…

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt To quote nearly every tv sitcom cynic in nearly every Valentine’s Day episode: “What’s sooooo special about one day in February?! Ugh!” And while that sitcom character goes on to learn the value of love, I’m going … Continue reading

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I’m featured on!

Woo! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jennifer Rohn’s brilliant site has featured my essay “An entomologist’s guide to dating.” It’s all about the trickiness of answering the date question “So what do you do?” when what you do … Continue reading

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