I current volunteer my time as a staff scientist at PDX Wildlife. I study the effects of pollution on Giant Pandas and assist Meghan Martin with her PhD project in Sichuan, China. When not in Asia, I work as an ecological consultant in the Gulf of Mexico, Central California and the greater Portland area.
One of the key factors in establishing PDXSeafood, our sustainable seafood program, is the declining status of the worlds overfished oceans. I recently came across an article that was informative and worth a read. Click on the link below to access the article.
How Could You Pass Up a Chance to Work With These Guys?
Just as our Spring intern, Stephanie McMahon arrived, the majority of the Bifeng Xia pandas have decided that they would begin breeding. The much needed assistance that Stephanie is providing will help to collect important behavioral data. It’s a job that requires you to wake early and stay late. So we sincerely appreciate all her hard work.
We still have positions available for the Summer and Fall, so check out our intern application by clicking on the below link and we hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks to the Xinbin lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for analyzing our samples in record time. The results of the analysis completely surprised us. Every sample was nearly ten times lower than the World Health Organizations recommended limit.
This great news sparked us to take a further look as to why the levels are so low. At first glance, as was previously thought, the pandas are eating bamboo covered in deposited soot from a smog covered sky. You can rub your fingers over the bamboo and they come off black. What we discovered next explained the pandas clean bill of health.
I will reveal their secret in a future post as we get closer to writing up the results.