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Margaret Swift

Ecology

Duke University

I’m a second-year ecology PhD student at Duke University, studying the dynamics of savanna herbivores, fires, grasses, and rainfall over time.

When I’m not researching, I like to spend time learning classical guitar, singing with friends, running in the woods, reading science fiction, and spending way too much time automating tasks in Terminal.

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Cellar spiders use chemical cues to identify each other's webs

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This ability comes in handy for stealing a rival's hunting spot

Pug-nosed tree frogs have figured out how to stay safe while attracting mates

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Male frogs "sing" to attract females, but this also alerts predators to their location

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Genetic engineering can save the American chestnut tree from a deadly fungus

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If the USDA approves it, this would be the first use of genetic modification for conservation purposes

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