The rise of the urban marmot

7 agosto 2014

Scientists are spending this summer researching why the local population of yellow-bellied marmots — those gregarious, burrowing rodents ubiquitous near the Spokane River — are not only surviving but thriving in the urban areas of Spokane. Most research exploring patterns of species survival has focused on birds; little is known about the physiological mechanisms that allow mammals to survive in urban environments.