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It is our second year participating in the City Nature Challenge (CNC) and in order to mobilize participants in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, I hosted a Zoom Webinar on the global event! I spoke about the history of the CNC, how participation contributes to science and conservation efforts, and how anyone can participate. Don't worry if you missed it! You can watch the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gYAGCgqLJHc.


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Sarah Vasquez (CSUSB undergraduate) presented a poster on her research at the campus-wide Meeting of the Minds Symposium! Sarah is studying the skin microbiome of Western Fence Lizards and is interested in knowing whether urbanization affects the diversity and composition of bacteria and fungi residing on lizards' skin. So far, we've found that urban lizards do have less diverse microbiomes and we show significant differences in taxonomic composition. She created a video to go alongside her virtual poster event. Great job Sarah!


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  • Bree Putman

Most professional meetings were cancelled this summer due to COVID, but the Animal Behavior Society hosted a virtual meeting which attracted more than 1,700 participants! Two BREE Lab undergraduates presented preliminary results of their research projects. Nina presented in the Communication 4 session on how urban lizards have larger signaling patches than non-urban lizards. Emily presented in the Predation and Foraging 2 session on how she is using citizen science to study rattlesnake foraging behavior. It was both their very 1st conference and they did an excellent job presenting their work! Congrats to Nina and Emily!!


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