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1/ The scientist in me is looking forward to this new, real world data emerging on #HealthConscious #Carnivores.

It will help provide data that helps confirm/disconfirm the long standing assumption that "healthy user bias" has been effectively adjusted for by researchers...
2/ If you're not familiar with "healthy user bias" (HUB), it's a known potential confounder where those who are doing what they feel is healthy in one regard (such as avoidance of red meat), can often have other likewise "healthy habits", such as more exercise, less smoking, etc
3/ This is a big problem with epidemiology given the overlap is quite common.

To mitigate this, there are efforts to adjust for these confounders such as through statistical techniques (ie sensitivity analyses)
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The Myall Lakes #Dingo Project is a collaboration between Taronga, @CES_UNSW, @UNSW_BEES, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service through @NSWDPIE, and MidCoast Council, headed up by Taronga’s @HWConflict and @PitcherBen. #MyallLakesNationalPark #ScienceWeek PC: Bobby-Jo Vial Image
Established in 2019, and funded by the Hermon Slade Foundation and Taronga, this project aims to develop and test novel #nonlethalmanagement tools for #dingoes, and to further our understanding and appreciation of this iconic but much-maligned #Australian #carnivore.
#Dingoes and other #carnivores often communicate territory ownership through #scentmarking and #howling. Sound up for this clip! It's a half-hearted howl, but lovely to hear.
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In addition to conducting the #science underpinning evidence-based #conservation tools, Taronga also supports their roll out. For example, Taronga supports a #carnivore #coexistence officer, Tshepo Ditlhabang, on @BPCTrust’s “Re Mmôgô” project in #Botswana #ScienceWeek Image
This #coexistence officer provides the community with access to evidence-based #HWC mitigation tools, including eye-cow, and is working to provide protective livestock collars, and flashing lights (#lionlights) at overnight enclosures. Image
While deterring hungry #carnivores, flashing lights also deter #elephants, themselves a major cause of #HWC but also a vital part of the ecosystem. Research led by @TempeAdams at Elephants without borders showed lights deterred field incursions doi.org/10.1017/S00306… Image
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One approach to reducing #HWC and its impacts is to develop tools that promote human-wildlife #coexistence. An eye-catching project conceived by Taronga scientist @HWConflict is one such example. #ScienceWeek PC: Bobby-Jo Vial. Image
By hijacking a common anti-predator signal and applying it in a novel context in #Botswana, the team were able to reduce livestock losses to #lions. nature.com/articles/s4200… PC: Bobby-Jo Vial. Image
The eye-cow approach was very successful in reducing predation by #lions, and Taronga produced detailed “how-to” guides to using the technique with locally available resources, prompting interest and subsequent trials in Peru, USA, India, and Kenya. carnivorecoexistence.info/african-carniv…
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Day 2 this #ScienceWeek we focus on #carnivore ecology and #conservation, particularly #HumanWildlifeConflict, a major contributor to biodiversity decline, and consequently a focus for our #science team. PC: Bobby-Jo Vial. Image
We’ll cover some of the core #science projects that Taronga has established or contributed to, highlighting how science-based solutions and evidence-based approaches to #conservation are critical.
In a conjoint role with @CES_UNSW, Taronga’s Conservation Biologist, Dr Neil Jordan (@HWConflict) works in #HumanWildlifeConflict and management, focusing on the #ecology and #conservation of African #carnivores and #dingoes, Australia’s own apex terrestrial carnivore.
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In this thread I’ll summarize a project that I developed this semester with my colleagues @PicoElhombrebug and Mafalda Moncada Cordeiro entitled “Bear with Me: The impact of the natural expansion of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) into Portugal".
#bears #conservation #carnivores
In this project, we were challenged by our professor @lmrosalino to develop a conservation plan that would be hypothetically submitted for a research grant. We used a modified version of the @ruffordgrants as template for the project. We chose to focus on the brown bear. (1/8)
The brown bear is one of the most iconic carnivores in the world, existing in most of the Northern Hemisphere. In Portugal, it has been extinct since the 1800’s, but there are still 2 relic populations in the Iberian Peninsula: the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Mountains. (2/8)
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Would you like to know how we monitor & study large carnivores without catching or observing them by using #DNA from their poop, hairs, urine etc.?

A thread.

Share please!

@miljodir @NINAforskning @NINAnature @congenetics @gbike_cost @bearbiology Image
But you have no time to read? Then make sure you watch our short movie (w/ English & German subtitles):

The likelihood of running into a large carnivore in #Norway is very low. Fortunately, we do not need to see them or have direct contact to study them. #DNA-technology is a brilliant tool to learn where the animals roam, how many individuals we have, and which ones are related.
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📢🎉The work of #Bat1K is featured on the cover in the latest issue of @nature: “Six reference-quality #genomes reveal evolution of #bat adaptations” 🦇🧬 #bats Our thread 👇 on the paper:nature.com/articles/s4158… 📸: Olivier Farcy(1/n) Image
📢Have you ever wondered how 🦇 manage to do what they do? #bats have extraordinary adaptations, including powered #flight, laryngeal #echolocation, #vocal #learning and an exceptional #longevity with unique #immunity and resistance to #cancer! 📸: @DanielWhitby5 (2/n) Image
A #Bat1K team led by @Sonja_Vernes @EmmaTeeling1 @hillermich @TheGeneMyers has just published the raw genetic material that codes for these unique 🦇 adaptations and #superpowers in @nature! #bats #genomics #cool! (3/n) Image
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1/ Okay, this seems to keep coming up. People who are clearly very fat adapted (like, say, very athletic #LMHR #Carnivores), but who have lower ketones -- specifically, BHB (beta hydroxybutyrate) at perhaps 0.2 to 1.0

And they say, "Hey! Why aren't I in ketosis?"

Let's unpack..
2/ Do we commonly see the athletes who are healthy on a mixed or even carb-centric diet with low levels of blood glucose? Yes, we do.

In fact, it's when we see high levels of fasting glucose in the blood *in spite* of being athletic that we start to worry, of course...
3/ ... We don't see an athlete with low glucose and assume they are not using as much of it as the couch potato with high glucose. Rather, it's likely the other way around.

In other words, accumulation in the bloodstream isn't a clear indication of use, it can mean the opposite!
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Hi Twitter!
I'm Raha.
I was alpha female of the Lemala clan for 12yrs. Now my daughter Timba has taken over.

@HyenaProject asked me to help compile some cool facts about my species.

I thought this was a good idea.

I did a thread in 4 chapters. Enjoy!
#hyenafacts
#scicomm
Chapter 1: FEMALES ARE BADASS

We invented the ultimate anti-rape device!

We are the only female mammal with no external vaginal opening and our clitoris is elongated to form a 'pseudopenis'.

We mate, urinate and give birth through the pseudopenis.

#hyenas #hyènes #Hyänen
Our external genitals look like those of males!

Our outer labiae are fused + filled with tissue to form a 'pseudoscrotum' and our pseudopenis looks like a male penis when erected.

Luckily, @HyenaProject created a cool manual to sex us. 👇

#hyena #hyène
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