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Spela Goricki

Spela Goricki

Slovenia

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Published on Apr 15, 2017

Field work successful

Four days, seven people, five sampling sites. Water level 78-80 cm, flow rate 2.38-2.64 m3/s, temperature 8.6-9 degrees Celsius at Malni station and 96-102 cm, 12.0-15.1 degrees Celsius at Postojns...

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Published on Apr 14, 2017

Field work days 1 and 2

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Published on Apr 11, 2017

Nail it or fail it

A very long time has passed since any attention was paid to our project and maybe you were beginning to wonder why. The weather has been nice and spring is usually the time many biologists, cave- o...

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Published on Feb 03, 2017

To sample or not to sample

A definitely premature wave of warm weather and rain has caused the water currents in our sampling area to increase dangerously and is putting our fieldwork, planned for mid-February, in question. ...

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Published on Jan 15, 2017

On Numbers

So the holidays are over. Time to get serious. Not that the year 2017 hasn't begun splendidly. I have received (incidentally as a birthday present!) all your contributions, and others are turning u...

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Published on Dec 24, 2016

Floats like eDNA

The boat has been launched!Here Ziggy and Brainy are seen departing to collect some supplies for the project. Meanwhile, I'm still waiting on the shore to receive this significant portion of the f...

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Published on Dec 08, 2016

The Proteus Dance

https://drive.google.com/open?...Dear backers, This is my first and only Proteus video. It was taken a few years back in one of the caves I will sample. Please don't show it around. The image is of...

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Published on Dec 02, 2016

Switching to Digital!

Dear backers, verbal supporters and onlookers:I am thrilled to see our boat almost full, thanks to your generous support throughout the campaign, and especially during the past few days. Good job, ...

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Published on Nov 26, 2016

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ummm...more like...a human. Still just looking?

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Published on Nov 19, 2016

37% Full

Help Zigismund and Branimir inflate the boat!

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So that answers my question in the discussion - thank you.
Jun 14, 2017
Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments
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My autistic friend (now in his late thirties) has always had a habit of almost constantly shaking a shoelace attached to a clothes clip and staring at it. This object is an indivisible part of him and the behavior a kind of fixation (much like some sort of an OCD). I just realized this behavior reminds me very much of your experiments with toothbrush when you were studying VAB in cavefish. So I'm wondering if VAB isn't maybe related to autism-like behaviors in cavefish or one of them.... I wonder how this sounds to you?
Jun 14, 2017
Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments
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Jan and Cindy, should you ever find yourself in these parts of the World, I will be very pleased to meet you and arrange a visit to the cave. Plus there is a number of outstandingly beautiful caves in Slovenia open to visitors. The Postojnska jama, which is the oldest show cave in the World (and for a reason), is co-sponsoring this project.
Apr 29, 2017
Through a glass darkly: assessing population size of an endangered cave salamander from samples of spring and cave water
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My colleagues Dr. Valerija Zakšek and Prof. Peter Trontelj with collaborators are working have been working on this question for the past two years, trying to estimate the population size using microsatellites to mark the individuals. I will post their preliminary results as soon as they are published (expected next month), but the observed number is almost two thousand individuals in two diving seasons. No idea how many more actually live in the inaccessible parts of the system.
Apr 23, 2017
Through a glass darkly: assessing population size of an endangered cave salamander from samples of spring and cave water
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