The Search for the Silent Frog

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Aug 15, 2016 11:20:37 AM

Have you ever been the first to discover something?  Seen something that few if any people have ever seen? Felt that tremendous burst of exhilaration as you realized you were part of something that has never been done before?  Finished first in a big race, or won a championship of some sort?

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Topics: ENC Faculty, Academics, Environmental Science, Biology

The Mysterious World of Snakes: Venom Extraction

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Jan 13, 2016 5:39:28 PM

During our Winter Break, I had the opportunity to travel to Central Florida with my family and some friends.  While the rest were off doing the theme park experience, I decided to go to some places where I could learn more about nature and the species with which we share this planet.  One of the places I went was Reptile World Serpentarium in Saint Cloud. 

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Topics: Education, Environmental Science, Biology

So You Want To Work With Animals...

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Sep 29, 2015 4:13:08 PM

When I ask a biology student about his/her career interests for the first time, I often hear “I don’t know … I just want to work with animals.” Unfortunately, beyond a career in veterinary medicine, most students don’t know what possibilities exist for working with animals. And for some, becoming a practicing veterinarian may be out of reach for a variety of reasons. But that shouldn’t stop you from working with animals. One of my former students, Jen (Kitchen) Shepard, just completed an excellent veterinary technician program and is enjoying her work at South Coast Animal Hospital.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Environmental Science, Biology

Costa Rica Cup 'O Joe

Posted by Jonathan Twining on Sep 15, 2015 6:00:00 PM

I’ve been teaching college long enough to know that coffee is the first thing on the mind of most students in the morning.  As a scientist, I would hypothesize that out of 16 or so students on the first day of my upper division conservation biology course this fall, there will be at least 50% with a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts cup.  And I can say with 95% certainty that at least one person will come to class late in the first two weeks of school because they were “in the line at Starbucks”.    Or they will come to class and immediately ask if they can please go get a coffee and come right back.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Environmental Science, Biology