mermaids often romanticise humans, thinking them kind and beautiful, wanting to fall in love with one and be loved in return

selkies dont. selkies know humans, have walked among them, know simply how terrible they are, how theyll steal the coat of a selkie maiden just so theyll have a beautiful wife who cant leave them, how theyll turn on their neighbours, their friends, their families, themselves.

selkies used to walk among humans, but now theyve learnt better.


He’s bound by leather and silk
Spills blood with clean hands

For this lovely flower.

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This makes me want to play Leblanc so bad.

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Probably my favorite video ever. Siv HD <3

Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #411

The fieldwork don’t matter if you don’t tell people about it. Preferably through a strongly vetted process of statistical inquiry followed by equally strong peer-review. Publications: they’re important.

I know this is not news to any of us in the academic realm, but it may be for those of you out there who are a little less familiar with field biology. ‘Publish or perish’ isn’t just bland pabulum, it’s the truth about any academic endeavor. And so, dear readers, I have been working on my publication record so that you can read the formal findings of my endless hours in the wild, and not just the gross, ridiculous, scary and scatological details (although these are immensely important aspects of the work, too!).

Over the last few months, this blog has been, well, completely silent. I’ve been teaching at a wonderful university, continuing my research at another, and generally been trying to get stuff out. Now, just in time for spring, the fruits of my Tumblr silence are flowering all over the interwebs!

To celebrate this, below are some links to the actual RESULTS of all this fieldwork I’ve done (both current and past)! To continue celebrating this, along with my typical fare you’ve all been so wonderfully positive about, I’ll also begin intermittently posting about the academic outcomes of my fieldwork (and those of others that I find exciting, because my publication record is not - yet - inexhaustible and because there’s a lot of interesting fieldwork going on out there)! And when it’s my own work, I will most definitely be letting you know both the science and the art involved (e.g., exactly how many times I got pooped on and stung to get that glorious sample size…).

For now, here are some quick links to be followed up soon! Huzzah!

Woolly monkey juveniles are adorable and do all sorts of cool things, and it looks like these things may help prepare them for adulthood

Vervet monkeys in The Gambia have high exposure to their version of HIV, but they don’t always get infected: we think we know why…

Vervet monkeys in South Africa (like their researchers) get a lot of parasites, and it looks like WHICH parasites they get depend on a few factors…

Vervet monkeys in South Africa also get their own version of HIV… but where did it come from? How is it transmitted? And how do they not get AIDS from it?  Let me and a few friends tell you more about it…

So you’re a fat monkey?  Ok… maybe it’s in your genes…

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share the fuck out of this. let our voices be heard to riot that this is what we want #teamvoicechat