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About Our Work

Our Methods

We try to study kangaroo rats in their natural habitat as much as possible. This means we spend most of our time hiking around the desert at night. Kangaroo rats are nocturnal, so we have to be, too—we sleep as best we can in the day, and then trek out at night to find, record, measure, and collect data.

Our Findings

We have been working on kangaroo rats for the past 7 years, and have made a number of interesting discoveries (see FAQs page for a list of references and more information). Our early work focused on how often kangaroo rats and rattlesnakes encountered each other, and what those encounters were like.  We already knew quite a bit about the unique way that kangaroo rats deal with snake predators, thanks to the work of previous researchers.