Biologist With A Twist: Dr. Carin Bondar

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Bromancing Baboons: What Else are Lonely Bachelors Going to Do?

Posted on November 25th, by Carin in BioMusings, My Science Film Blog at Scientific American. No Comments

The latest video in my ‘Biomusings’ series describes the work of PhD student David Pappano at the University of Michigan.  David spends his field seasons in the highlands of Ethiopia studying the unique behaviors of bachelor gelada baboons.  The social system in geladas is one where a dominant alpha male keeps a harem of females and is extremely protective over his group – which generally leaves many sub-dominant males to form groups of their own.  David is examining just what happens in these all male bachelor groups…

I was still pregnant with my baby daughter Juna when we shot this video – I thought it made for a nice tie in to the family unit.  Enjoy!


BIOMUSINGS 6: Where the Whales Are…

Posted on June 6th, by Carin in BioMusings. 3 comments

In this latest installment we examine the work of Hillary Moors, a PhD student in the Whitehead lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hillary has spent a lot of time examining the possibilities for acoustically monitoring the antics of endangered Scotian Shelf Bottlenosed Whales, and has some pretty telling results about where the whales like to spend most of their time when deep beneath the surface.



Biomusings Episode 5: Introduced Sport Fish: Who Cares About Alpine Lake Ecosystems Anyway?

Posted on February 25th, by Carin in BioMusings. 3 comments

This episode focuses on the work of University of Alberta graduate student Jordan Messner.  Jordan is looking at the process of ecosystem recovery in hundreds of alpine lakes in the Canadian Rockies after decades of sport fish stocking.  Join us for a quick journey in to the beautiful world of blue/green lakes and ‘pristine’ habitats.  They look beautiful…but have they recovered from decades of irresponsible human practices?  You’ll have to watch to find out…

Bio Musings with Dr. Carin Bondar – Introduced Sport Fish Episode from Matthew Hawkins on Vimeo.

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