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Lessons from Laikipia

The last portion of my stay in Laikipia was a bit of a whirlwind, but I managed to accomplish my goals for the field session and make it home from Kenya safely.

July 12, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

The Emerging Field of Human Macroecology

Sustainability efforts have been on the cultural radar for many years. Increasingly, cultural norms instruct us to turn off the lights when leaving a room, drive a smaller car, recycle as much as possible ...

May 28, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: Rain Dance and Dog Excitement

The rains have come! After the brief tease of a storm that I mentioned in my last post, we had a driving downpour the next day. Of course, the worst of the rain hit right when my field assistant and I were out in the middle of my trapping grid setting bait, but that’s just how things go...

March 20, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: Mesocarnivore Update

Mesocarnivore trapping has kept me extremely busy for the last couple of weeks, but the results have been encouraging. So far I’ve had very heartening trap success rates (especially considering that I’m sampling carnivores, which usually yield notoriously low sample sizes).The cast of characters so far includes white-tailed mongoose ( Ichneumia albicauda ), slender mongoose ( Galerella sanguinea ), black-backed jackals ( Canis mesomelas ), and both common and blotched genets ( Genetta genetta and G...

March 15, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: What is a Mesopredator?

As I’ve mentioned before, my research in Kenya is focused primarily on the effects of rainfall on mesopredator populations, and how these effects may differ in places from which apex carnivores have largely been extirpated...

February 17, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: First Scouting Session

After a few days spent settling in at the field station—getting oriented with the vehicle (read: learning to drive manual shift on the opposite side of the vehicle from what I’m used to, in a Land Rover on bouncy bush roads), gathering some supplies from town, and doing overall game planning, I finally made it out into the field yesterday.I headed up to the northern part of Mpala with my field assistant, Simon (whose knowledge of this ecosystem is just astounding), to scout out places to set up my mesopredator trapping grid...

February 8, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: I have arrived

Well, I made it to Kenya successfully, seem to have conquered my jet lag, and am exciting about getting my fieldwork in motion. After spending a couple of days doing meetings and errands in Nairobi, I am headed off to my field site in the Laikipia District...

February 4, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Laikipia Plateau: mesopredators in Kenya

Jambo , everyone! My name is Anne-Marie Hodge, and for the next four months I will be conducting the inaugural fieldwork session for my doctoral research in the central highlands of Kenya...

January 28, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Meet Your Newest Ancestor

A fossil of a shrewlike creature pushes back by 35 million years the day when mammals first nourished their young in the womb

October 29, 2011 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Carnivore crossing: How predator species dominated mammal diversity on the Kuril Islands

Island animals have been an endless source of wonder and fascination for biologists for centuries, and often capture public awe as well. It is always fascinating to picture miniature elephants and gigantic rabbits adrift on dots of land in a vast ocean, flowers with unimaginable types of fruit, or communities in which "terror birds" have replaced mammals as the apex predators...

December 8, 2010 — Anne-Marie Hodge
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine