Michael A. Pardo

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Published on Jan 09, 2014

Identifying Elephants

We can identify individual elephants by the unique configuration of the folds on their ears. This shot of Amali's right ear (taken by the staff of the Uda Walawe Elephant Research Project), shows ...

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Published on Jan 08, 2014

Elephants at Waterhole

Uda Walawe National Park has distinct wet and dry seasons. During the wet season, small pools and puddles like this one abound throughout the park. However, in the dry season, the puddles dry up,...

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Published on Jan 07, 2014

Elephant Social Interaction

I took this photo on the final day of my pilot season in January of last year. A sub-adult male known as [353] was holding the tail of an unidentified sub-adult female with the tip of his trunk. ...

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Published on Dec 23, 2013

Asian Elephant Group

This group is bunching together, which is a defensive behavior. Asian elephant groups are made up of adult females and their offspring, but unlike African elephants, an Asian elephant female may b...

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Published on Dec 20, 2013

Equipment

Just borrowed a bunch of recording equipment from the Macauley Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Departure time is fast approaching! https://vimeo.com/82429506

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Published on Dec 17, 2013

Syntax in squeaks?

This spectrogram is a visual representation of Asian elephant squeaks-- 12 squeaks, to be precise, uttered in rapid succession by the same individual. Just looking at it, you can tell that the squ...

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Published on Nov 06, 2013

Thunderclap!

To help spread the word about my project, I've started something called a Thunderclap. The way this works is that if I can get 100 people to agree to share my project on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumb...

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Published on Nov 01, 2013

Blog post about my project

Esteban Rivas, a psychologist and philosopher interested in animal communication, has just featured an article about my research on his two blogs. Check it out at one of these two links!http://ani...

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

New Youtube Video

Hi everyone,Check out this new youtube video, where I talk about my project and show footage of the Uda Walawe elephants!Asian Elephants

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Thank you so much to all of you who have donated recently! I'm especially happy to see that my project is of interest to those of you who are linguists. I've always had a strong interest in linguistics as well as biology, and it's my hope that my research will help contribute to our understanding of how and why language evolved. It would be great to have more crosstalk between biologists and linguists.
Dec 18, 2013
Do Asian elephant calls have grammar-like elements?
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Hi Joan, thank you so much for donating! I don't know if it is tax deductible or not-- I've asked Microryza and I'm waiting to hear back from them. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.
Oct 30, 2013
Do Asian elephant calls have grammar-like elements?
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