Robin and the Honey Badger

Biography

Robin

Far from being a mere featherhead, Robin is a mainstream scientist operating at the centre of current environmental concerns. His work has three main components: primary academic research, environmental consulting, and entrepreneurship. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in the fields of ecology and soil science. Robin’s light and curious mind achieves an avian mobility among the many fields of biological knowledge, making surprising connections and delighting in new perspectives.

The Honey Badger

Restlessly digging beneath the surface, the Honey Badger is in constant search for the honey of a more fulfilling biology that mines the common ground of apparently separate fields of academia. Performing research on several continents and across a broad spectrum of organisms from microbes to megaherbivores, the Honey Badger is the primary author of 35 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in zoology, botany, biogeography, and nutrition. An ecological theorist whose emphasis is on intercontinental comparison and original synthesis and integration, the Honey Badger has also published semi-popular articles on various biological topics in several wildlife magazines.

Where to find Robin and the Honey Badger online


Books

Fomenting Resistance To Tyrannosaurs
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as a smaller-than-expected ally of dinosaurs tells us of its larger-than-life alimentary fermentation. The horniest and leatheriest ceratopsids shielded themselves from predatory tyrannosaurs with the zoological equivalent of nylon. Interviewed after 65 million years, the bacterium Keratobacillus recreates the chemical brewing that allowed a forgotten mutualism.
Clitoral Communication
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we interview the mammalian clitoris, a part private in human eyes but designed for public broadcast – by means of scents – in most species including anthropoid primates. Clitorises in various mammals outdo the human penis in size, reinforcement, complexity and versatility, but may not deserve to be called sexual any more than the nipples on a masculine chest.
Confounded Kiwi Caprices
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Join us in finding reason in an incongruous mix of body parts symbolic of New Zealand. Kiwi are worth deconstructing because they defy reason as extrapolations from the birds of other islands, and they defy rhyme as substitutes for the mammals missing from their own islands. We reveal the fierce feathers of an archipelago – far yet near to Australasia – where things are less pacific than they seem
Giant Panda Puzzleboard
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Join us in explaining the design concepts behind the contrasting blocks of black and white of the enigmatic colouration of the giant panda, as we show that this most graphic of bears may effectively function like a giant stinkless skunk. The ocular patches so attractive to humans are likely to elicit the opposite reaction from the tiger, would-be killer of this slow but vice-like bamboo-chomper.
The Lion In A New Spotlight
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we examine and interpret the colouration of the plainest but most luminous of big cats, showing that this predator hunts by more than just crypsis or camouflage. Exceptionally among large felids, the female lion has up to four different flags on her body. These may be erected or flashed to communicate secretly with family members even while co-stalking sharp-eyed prey.
Lobulated ears: natural selection gone bionic?
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us in interviewing our own ear lobe, an unassuming flap of pure skin that assumes more significance the more it is scrutinised. Unique social complexity plus a technical niche has – we hypothesise – created selective pressure in Homo sapiens for an organ allowing personal standing to be updated in ways that were not just more artful than in any ape, but the start of our bionic revolution.
Heaven On A Barbed Stick
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we invite a classic species of African tree to tell of its benevolent relationship with mammals in its own voice. Umbrella thorn combines a pioneering vigour on overgrazed and trampled land with the willingness – once established as a mature tree – to give umbrage to, not take umbrage at, the many potentially abusive large herbivores in its habitat.
Yours Cuprically
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we invite the chemical element copper to explain its various, and sometimes contrary, biological roles in its own voice. Across the living spectrum from microbes to macrobes, we see the micro-mastery of an electron-juggling metal that can catalyse, energise, sanitise, oxidise, and antioxidise – provided that it remains in vanishingly small amounts.
Odours And Attitude: A Comparison Of How Two Toughs Get Going
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we compare and contrast the honey badger and the wolverine zoologically, showing that their evolutionary convergence is an accident of two disparate environments – the predator-beset Old World and the climatically forbidding far North – both offering a niche to creatures toughened almost to a fault.
I Am Casuarina
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we invite a family of deceptively leafless trees and shrubs to review and interpret its life strategy in its own voice. Casuarinas, at home with infertility and wildfire, generate substantial solar power by combining a highly original photosynthetic design and an unsharing attitude toward animals – to the benefit of wood-chopping humans.
New Pelvic Thrusts In A Fishy World?
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we compare a wide range of bony fishes with respect to a body part that is among the least free-swimming in humans: the pelvis. While fishes are surprisingly consistent in also possessing a pelvis, they take a surprisingly slippery approach to where this should be located – in some cases sliding it as far forward as the lower jaw.
Weeds That Swim For Fishes That Don’t
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we compare and contrast the sargassumfish with the four-winged flying fish, seemingly incompatible forms closely coexisting far out at sea. The first has fins resembling hands and the second has fins resembling wings, but both depend on a ‘seaweed’ that – floating freely – seems the most uncoupled of all from its evolutionary moorings.
Bridging The Chasm Between African Rockrubbers And Australian Rockhoppers
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we compare and contrast rock hyraxes and rock-wallabies, paradoxically divergent boulder-dwellers, in what appear to be mirror-image habitats west and east of the Indian Ocean. What makes all the difference to their evolution, we suggest, has been the constant pressures from predators in Africa – particularly those underestimated baboons.
The Hypertail And The Infratail: Axes From The Sublime To The Ridiculous?
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Join us as we compare and contrast sunfish and oarfish, which have shapes so disparate as to hail from different planets. Not only is the ocean sunfish the heaviest and the oarfish the longest of all bony fishes, but both have virtually reinvented the concept of the fish tail – and perhaps how to swim in the first place.
Was This Marsupial A Lion – Or A Pouch-Robbing, Meat-Browsing, Cookie-Cutting Koala?
By Robin and the Honey Badger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Essay
Join us as we reinterpret the natural history of the extinct marsupial lion – the largest-ever predatory marsupial – in a bitingly honest evaluation of its apparently pointless dentition. The fame to be claimed, we suggest, is not that it was a pouched version of a sabre-tooth cat, but that it was an innocent mutilator with a bent to browse on living flesh.

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