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RESEARCH REFLECTIONS FROM HARRY W. GREENE

Research Curation

I’ll be curating this new offering, putting up a paper every month or so, with the goal of making available primary literature that reports surprising new discoveries about organisms and the places they live. Insofar as possible, I’ll include a link to the original article, a downloadable pdf of it, or an email address to which one can write for it—most authors are eager to share their findings and happy to provide pdf’s.

I’ll also provide a short account of my take on each featured work.

Of course, I welcome feedback, including suggestions of papers to feature here in the future: email me at hwg5@cornell.edu.

Relentless predation on Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) by a single American badger (Taxidea taxus)

Relentless predation on Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) by a single American badger (Taxidea taxus)

If snakes are my favorite vertebrates, weasels (Mustelidae), the most snake-like of all mammals, includes some mighty close contenders. Mustelids range in size from Least Weasels (body mass ~250 g) to Sea Otters (up to ~50 kg) and, despite habitats as diverse as boreal forests and marine kelp beds, generally resemble each other in having elongate bodies and tails, but not especially prominent...

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Seed Ingestion and Germination In Rattlesnakes: Overlooked Agents Of Rescue And Secondary Dispersal

Seed Ingestion and Germination In Rattlesnakes: Overlooked Agents Of Rescue And Secondary Dispersal

This first offering is unabashedly personal and there’s backstory. I began opening stomachs of snakes preserved in museums in the early 1970s, for my master’s thesis on the feeding biology of venomous coralsnakes. Since then I have examined thousands of specimens of hundreds of species, from all over the world. Accordingly, when my then Berkeley graduate student Randy Reiserer set out to learn...

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Harry W. Greene is emeritus professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature and Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, and a member of the NHI Scientific Advisory Council.

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