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Featured Project

June 27, 2018

Are the bobcats in the San Francisco Bay Area surviving?


Between 1990 and 2010 the San Francisco Bay Area saw an 18% growth in the human population. More humans leads to fragmented green areas. This is bad for bobcats because the bobcats are more genetically isolated and exposed to pathogens from pets and human-released environmental toxins.

A team of scientists supported by volunteer citizen scientists are committed to non-invasively collect samples from bobcats in Marin. The team will scour 60 square kilometers of trails in Marin over two weeks to collect bobcat poop. With the poop specimens they will extract DNA for $20/sample and perform genetic micro satellite screening at $32/sample. 

They’ve already set up camera traps showing evidence that one bobcat in Marin takes terrible selfies. Genetic data will be associated with meta data to establish baseline information about bobcats in Marin: how many bobcats are there? Where are they? How large are their home rages? And, are they healthy? 

In return for supporting this study, the research team will keep backers updated on the status of bobcats in the Bay Area.

Featured Results

Crowdfunded scientific discoveries

What do two men kissing and a bucket of maggots have in common? Heterosexual men’s indistinguishable salivary α-amylase responses to photos of two men kissing and extreme images

 
St. Francis Xavier University professor Karen Blair raised funds on Experiment to see how heterosexual men react to pictures of same-sex and mixed-sex intimacy. The project resulted in a peer-reviewed article in the journal Psychology & Sexuality.

Participants in the study viewed slide shows depicting same-sex PDA, mixed-sex PDA, everyday items, and disgusting images (e.g. a bucket of maggots), while providing saliva samples in the lab.
 
By looking at stress enzymes in saliva, they were able to show the same physical reactions to same-sex images as universally disgusting images, regardless of individual levels of prejudice. 

The results suggest that everyone may experience a physiological response indicative of stress when witnessing a male same-sex couple kissing, possibly as a result of a socialized cultural norms.
 
 

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