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Tom Glass

Tom Glass

MSc Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Published on Jan 21, 2018

January 20th: All traps out!

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Published on Jan 17, 2018

January 17th: Digging out traps!

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Published on Jan 14, 2018

Thank you - heading north!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign - it is heartwarming and humbling to be buoyed by so many supporters. I'm very optimistic about what we can learn about wolverines, made...

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Published on Jan 04, 2018

What else do we see?

What else do we see? For this work, we rely heavily on motion-activated cameras. We always put these at sites that we know have a good chance of wolverines returning - so that usually means either...

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Published on Jan 02, 2018

Sociality, Backcountry Recreation, and Wolverines

Sociality, Backcountry Recreation, and WolverinesA quick note here to draw your attention to some recent items of interest in the wolverine world: The Wolverine-Winter Recreation Project has publis...

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Published on Dec 19, 2017

What is biologging?

What is biologging?Biologging is a fascinating, relatively new way to study wild animals. It’s generally defined as using small, animal-mounted instruments to measure some aspect of what’s happenin...

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Published on Dec 09, 2017

It's cold out here!

Studying wolverines on Alaska’s North Slope is a warmth-sucking endeavor. In the early season, the sun crests the horizon for just a few hours each day, and temperatures will settle below -40 degre...

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Hi Margaret, Great question - an animal will never stay in for longer than about fifteen hours, and typically it's closer to 5-10. We use satellite trap transmitters to notify us via email when a trap is triggered, and once we receive the message we drop everything to reach the animal as soon as possible. We also leave plenty of snow (for water) inside the traps to ensure they don't become dehydrated while waiting. Best, Tom
Jan 18, 2018
Why do wolverines need snow?
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Hey Patrick, That's actually the hind section of a beaver - a bit hard to tell given its condition! Interesting question regarding the traps - actually, Eric Lofroth did the exact experiment/study that you're describing (http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2193/2006-393), and found the dimensional lumber traps to have the highest efficiency. We opted for them on this project simply for logistical ease. To my mind, the main advantage of log traps is that the materials are all available on site, which as you mention doesn't really work on the Slope. These lumber traps are comparatively light, can be moved easily behind a snowmachine, and can be repaired without much trouble when damaged. And where it counts: the wolverines on the Slope don't seem too bashful about them :). Best, Tom
Jan 11, 2018
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Thanks, Ali!
Jan 04, 2018
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Thanks so much for the generous support, Jennifer! I'm glad to have his name behind the project. I like to think of wolverines as more curious and energetic than anything else - maybe others will too as this project progresses! Best wishes.
Jan 04, 2018
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Thanks so much for the support!
Dec 28, 2017
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Sounds good, thanks Peter!
Dec 20, 2017
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They're really incredible animals - thanks so much for the support!
Dec 20, 2017
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Thanks so much for the support! Proud to call Linda a mentor and a colleague.
Dec 10, 2017
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Hey Dad, Good question! They run about the same as people - 98-100F. An interesting question is whether they decrease their body temperature while resting (heterothermy), a strategy that could potentially help them deal with the cold. Another study, down the line! Best, Tom
Dec 10, 2017
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Many thanks for the support, Patrick - nice to hear from you!
Dec 01, 2017
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Looks like a great project - hope you find some wolverines!
Nov 21, 2017
How's the Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge wolf population doing?
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