I read a lot of books and articles about the Galapagos Islands, and it’s a tad annoying that the islands all have two names — colonial British, and modern Spanish. Most books (but not articles) have a map, but it’s invariably just a monolingual map and also fixed on a given page so it’s hard to refer to frequently. So out of frustration I designed myself a bilingual map mug. Just hold in right hand when reading modern works, and in the left hand when reading something older like Charles Darwin’s, Voyage of the Beagle. It’s also useful when reading about the various endemics that were given names according to the islands where they were first described. E.g., when reading about Microlophus albemarlensis barringtonensis (one of the lava lizards), a quick glance at the mug will tell you that the subspecies is on Isla Santa Fé, though primary species description was for the specimens on Isla Isabela.
I put it up on Redbubble in case you need one for yourself, or need a geeky gift for somebody who’s doing some reading in advance of a trip to the Galapagos.
If you’re curious about the map, it’s one I scanned from Darwin’s, Journal of Researches. It’s probably not suitable for navigation purposes, FYI, especially if filled with hot canelazo.
Posted in Biology, Education, Science
Tagged biology, charles darwin, Ecuador, English, evolutionary biology, galapagos, Galapagos Islands, geography, islands, map, mug, natural history, science, Spanish, travel, Voyage of the Beagle
If you need stickers for Darwin’s birthday (February 12th) I finally got the image up on Redbubble. These stickers are great for kids’ lunch boxes, skateboards, and prizes for biology class. Redbubble claims the stickers will survive 18 months outside, which is great news for those not allowed to bring evolution material inside the house. I’ll eventually put up some translated versions, too, so if you need this in Arabic, be patient.
If you’re curious, I designed this image because I wanted a way to show my fondness for evolution but thought the “evolution fish” (the standard image for science and reality fans) was a tad too offensive. More details on my Charles Darwin Has A Posse page.
Photograph above by Paul Begley (Flickr).
Posted in Biology, Graphic design, Science
Tagged biology, charles darwin, charles darwin has a posse, gift, mug, natural history, present, science, stickers, t-shirt, تشارلز داروين
Some photographs I took during a visit to La Selva Research Station in 2008. Old, but recently discovered they hadn’t transferred to my site when I bailed on Flickr.
I was stuck inside a small room for most of stay (I was consulting for Organization for Tropical Studies), unfortunately, so not as many pics as I’d like. The full album (approximately 50 images) is below. I wish OTS would hire me again.
This little spider is a golden orb weaver (Nephila clavipes), I think:
Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) still attached to the tree:
Bromeliad on branch:
My high-security hotel in San José,
Just mouse-over the thumbnails below to see title, or click to see larger.
Posted in Biology, Education, Photography, Science
Tagged animals, costa rica, La Selva, natural history, Organization for Tropical Studies, OTS, photography, plants, research station
For science fans near Philadelphia, here are photographs from a recent visit to the Delaware County Institute of Science, based in Media, Pennsylvania. First my favorite (a grumpy dried frog), then small thumbnails of the rest. Mouse-over a photo to see a brief description of what it is (but try to guess, first), or click it to launch larger version with titles. If you want to see any of the photographs even larger, or want to read the gruesome details, visit my original gallery.
If you are in Media to eat (and you should … see http://www.mediarestaurants.com for listing) or in court because you’re a bad person and got caught (it’s the County seat), you can visit DCIS on a Monday, Thursday, or Saturday morning (9am – 12pm). They also feature monthly talks: the next one is November 9th and focuses on the Mason-Dixon line (oh, yes, there’s a story there).
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Tagged animals, biology, chemistry, collections, Delaware County Institute of Science, lectures, media, minerals, natural history, pennsylvania, physics, plants, science, specimens