It is officially the start of a new semester and PhD Comics has made a valid point. It has been 2 years since I took my last official class, so, while technically, I am a student - I pay tuition and fees & my ID says student - I am paid to teach and I am here to do research.
So what am I? See below...
Ok, I've used this photo before, but it has to make another appearance because I've reached a milestone!
Another official school year starts on August 29th making this the start of my fifth year at Texas A&M and the longest I have remained at any scholastic institution I have attended - which has been a lot!
The innovative part of this analysis was the addition of a comparison to other species who are recognized to have subspecies and show similar Sub-Saharan population distribution. The study identified 46 animals that show a distinction between West/Central African and East/Southern Africa populations. While some animals are recognized as being more than one species – known as a complex – such as Baboon (5), Rock hyrax (5) and Oryx (3), others are species separated into subspecies, such as Giraffe (9; below), Black (4) and White (2) Rhino, and Caracal (8). Only 13 of the 46 animals aren’t separated between West/Central and East/Southern, including the lion, according to CITES.
The ESA classification is a little closer to demonstrating the Sub-Saharan distribution taxonomically by clumping the West/Central population with the Asiatic population. However, based on these results, lions may be able to be classified even more specifically. Hopefully my research will be able to shed a little more light on this. The help Laura is giving me to continue this investigation is immeasurable.
In case you forgot, today is also National S'more Day and I just bought this....
from San Diego based online marshmallow shop Mallow Mallow.
I am a biologist and my life is crap!