Tom Glass

Tom Glass

MSc Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Published on Jun 08, 2018

Seamus the clever wolverine!

A quick note to point you to a short story that Martin and I just wrote for LiveScience.com about one of our more wily wolverines: https://www.livescience.com/62768-wolverines-box-traps.html

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Published on Apr 12, 2018

Exploring a wolverine permafrost cave

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Published on Mar 30, 2018

Exploring a wolverine snow cave

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Published on Mar 15, 2018

Arctic fox and floating rocks

We've rounded the three week mark in our field season, and it's been a great start. We've captured five wolverines so far, two of whom are recaptures from last year, and have been spending a fair ...

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Published on Mar 05, 2018

Video shorts from the field

Video shorts from the fieldA few scenes from the last couple of days. In the first, Jazz runs from the trap after being tempted back in, 10 days after originally caught. In the second, wind sweep...

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Published on Mar 03, 2018

Two captures!

We've captured two wolverines so far. The first, Jazz, is a young female, and the second, Walnut, is a male we caught last year. When Walnut first visited the trap, he came with another wolverine...

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Published on Mar 01, 2018

Photos from the field

Peter Mather just posted a selection of the photos he's been taking, check them out and follow along on his facebook or instagram.

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Published on Feb 27, 2018

Blustery trap checks

It's a windy one out there!

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Published on Feb 23, 2018

The field season begins!

Hello everyone! We're back at Toolik for our main field season, and have just completed checking the five traps that we deployed last month. Two of the traps have been visited by wolverines (one of...

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Hey Dad - I like this theory. It seems unlikely to me that it would freeze from the bottom up, but maybe a shallower section upstream froze first, and then chunks of ice containing rocks broke free and floated down.
Mar 15, 2018
Why do wolverines need snow?
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Hey Kate! Definitely hot chocolate. We do physical trap checks approximately every three days, and monitor them remotely with satellite trap transmitters as well.
Feb 28, 2018
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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
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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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