Posted by: Rose M. Reynolds | August 21, 2012

An interesting bit on mortality in non-human mammals…

Why Evolution Is True

I doubt there’s an organismal biologist alive who hasn’t wondered if some other species of animals know of their own mortality, and if so which ones.  I’ve always thought it was the great and unique tragedy of the human species that we alone know that our own lives are finite. That of course, has given rise to all sorts of peculiar behaviors, including much religious doctrine.

Not having access to the consciousness of any creature except H. sapiens, we’re not sure.  Certainly some animals act as if they understand death: dying chimps are surrounded by what looks to be caregivers, elephants fondle the bones of other elephants, and mother primates can cling to dead infants for days.  I even  once saw a squirrel dragging the carcass of another squirrel across the quad of my university, but had no idea what that meant.  But none of these acts mean that…

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Posted by: Rose M. Reynolds | May 25, 2010


Welcome to the Postdoc Website hosted by postdocs in the University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology! In addition to learning a bit about who we are and what makes us “tick” we hope you’ll find an array of useful career and life-building resources here at your fingertips. Enjoy!
~IE^2 Postdocs

Posted by: Rose M. Reynolds | October 21, 2009

Announcing the Official CEEB Postdoc Webpage!

Welcome to your own personal and professional development tool! In response to postdoc needs brought up at the 2009 University of Oregon CEEB retreat, Steve Kembel, Kathryn Docherty and Rose Reynolds have cooperated to put together this site. Here you’ll be able to post your own news and questions, see upcoming postdoc events, and find links to potential funding sources, college teaching resources, current U.S. and international job opportunities, your peers’ web pages and publications, and even examples of how others balance career and family.

Although this site will be public and visible to anyone on the internet, only “Users” – CEEB Postdocs – can post to the site. This site belongs to us, the CEEB Postdocs, so if you find resources you’d like to share or have an idea for the site, please share it via a post or an email to This site will develop over time according to our needs, interests, and the efforts we put into it. We foresee that the site will be constantly “under construction,” but it already has some functioning resources. Please take some time to look around the site and think about what you’d like to see here. We can’t wait to see what it becomes!