Mela's account of research in the Australian rainforest

Since the fall of 2017, I have been helping Michelle Graham, a Ph.D. candidate in the Socha Lab at Virginia Tech, conducting research on the gap-crossing abilities of flying snakes by analyzing motion capture data, videos, and still images of these snakes. Last fall, she invited me to travel to the Daintree rainforest in Queensland, Australia to help her with capturing the northern and common tree snakes and collecting data to study their locomotor abilities and morphology. I, of course, couldn’t pass up the opportunity! Michelle Graham and Mela Coffey at breakfast in Cairns, before Mela flew back to the U.S. I will start by saying that this experience was absolutely incredible. I saw wild b


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