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RollingStone: Lyme Disease: Inside America’s Mysterious Epidemic

I love RollingStone magazine. They have produced this great feature on Lyme disease that I was able to contribute to. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/lyme-disease-inside-americas-mysterious-epidemic-w487776

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Congrats to Laurie Harrer for completing her MS on bears as seed dispersers

Ir turns out that bears disperse a LOT of seeds. It’s not just black bears. Brown bears disperse even more seeds at our field site than do black bears! Here is a video for you to enjoy. Each devil’s club berry cluster contains hundreds of berries.

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The golden drool: Study finds treasure trove of info in saliva of foraging bears

Some media about our recently published research showing that residual bear saliva on salmon carcasses is a great source of DNA Scientists Rule, Bears Drool Also see https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161109182848.htm http://katu.com/news/local/saliva-left-on-partially-consumed-salmon-helps-osu-researchers-identify-bears  

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Our lab featured in the NY Times

Article about “A Natural Cure for Lyme Disease” in the NY Times arguing that more intact ecosystems may reduce disease risk. Visit the link below.

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Jaguar climbs a skinny tree

A jaguar walks around the wetland and jumps up a skinny tree.

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A large jaguar relaxing

This jaguar decided to sit and rest right in front of the camera.

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Jaguar scent marking a sloping tree

Jaguar behavior! This jaguar is scent marking a sloping tree. They use discrete points as territorial markers and to find mates. Look closely and you can see the marking in action.

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Big male jaguar grooming

A large male grooming after a swim. Maanav Kamath set these cameras at Taiama Ecological Preserve in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

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Jaguar calling

What does a jaguar call sound like? Watch this video from the Pantanal of Brazil to find out!

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Brown bear consuming soapberry

Mmmm….soapberry. Brown and black bears can consume a large quantity of fruit daily. They disperse the seeds into massive piles that are then fed on and secondarily dispersed by rodents.

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