2020 Research News

Julia Buck Portrait

Dr. Julia Buck's Research on Animal Social Distancing to Avoid Disease Published and Promoted on NPR

July 21, 2020—National Public Radio reflected on Dr. Julia Buck’s article in Scientific American in a lively opinion piece during NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday on July 11. The article explores how animals naturally practice social distancing to avoid disease and how lobsters, birds and some primates use quarantine to ward off infection. Normally social animals stay apart and change behaviors such as grooming to stop the spread of diseases.

The article is co-authored by Buck’s colleague Dr. Dana Hawley, Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and will publish in the August 2020 issue of Scientific American. Dr. Buck is an Assistant Professor of Biology & Marine Biology at UNCW.

Link to article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/animals-use-social-distancing-to-avoid-disease1/

Link to NPR story: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/11/889935936/opinion-what-lobsters-and-ants-can-teach-us-about-social-distancing