The famous purring crickets need your support

#PurringCrickets are in the news! Check out coverage of our discovery in Newsweek and NewScientist. We are heading to the field to collect data for the next piece of the story, and we need your support. Thanks everyone who has already contributed to our Kickstarter. We are almost halfway to our goal with 2 weeks left to go.

SAU in the community


Joseph Lappie from SAU teaching me screen printing

I was checking out the farmers market in Davenport and ran into the SAU art department! They were teaching the public how to screen print. I printed a tote! How cool is that? I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to St Ambrose. The faculty and the students are engaged in the community and committed to service. It’s pretty amazing. I’m feeling lucky to be an Ambrosian.

Student research is…

…chugging along at Nahant marsh! The Biology Department at St. Ambrose University builds independent research experiences into every undergraduate class! Currently, seven groups of three students in the middle of data collection. All seven projects are SO creative. I cannot wait to find out the results! Stay tuned…

Purring paper!

I’m thrilled to announce that our purring cricket paper came out today! I have loved working with this fabulous group of people to try to figure out what is going on with the field crickets in Kalaupapa National Park–they sing a novel song that sounds like a purr! Check out the first installment in what promises to be a page-turner of a series 😉