We’re back baby! And I don’t want to overhype these simulated animal battles but obviously Mammal March Madness is…
Through the scientific information embedded in the bout descriptions, participants are educated about inter-species interactions, the importance of ecological context, how natural selection has shaped adaptations, and conservation management of endangered species.
WILD CARD STORIFY (Thor’s Hero Shrew Advances)
CHILL MAMMALS Round 1 Storify (Polar Bear, Snow Leopard, Wolverine, Takin, Pallas Cat, Andean Mountain Cat, Actic Fox, & Hoary Marmot Advance!)
MASCOT MAMMALS Round 1 Storify (Bison, Longhorn, Badger, Bighorn Sheep, Boar, Mules, Bobcat, Bear Advance)
MIGHTY GIANTS Round 1 Storify (Giant Panda, Giant Forest Hog, Large Tree Shrew, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Greater Mouse Deer, Indian Giant Squirrel, Giant Flying Fox)
MAMMALS of the NOUNS Round1 Storify (Goat of the Mountain, Wolf of the Tundra, Porcupine of the Cape, Otter of the Sea, Polecat of the Steppe, Hyrax of the Rock, Dog of the Bush, Wallaby of the Swamp)
Mighty Giants & Chill Mammals Round 2 Storify (Giant Panda, Giant Forest Hog, Giant Anteater, Greater Mouse Deer, Polar Bear, Snow Leopard, Wolverine, Takin Advance!)
Mascot Mammals & Mammals of the Nouns Round 2 Storify (Goat of the Mountain, Wolf of the Tundra, Porcupine of the Cape, Otter of the Sea, Bison, Longhorn, Mules, & Bear Advance)
Sweet 16 Storify! (Bison, Longhorn, Wolverine, Polar Bear, Panda, Giant Forest Hog, Wolf of the Tundra, Goat of the Mountain ADVANCE!)
ELITE TRAIT Storify (Bison, Wolverine, Giant Forest Hog, Wolf of the Tundra ADVANCE!)
FINAL ROAR Storify (Giant Forest Hog & Wolf of the Tundra ADVANCE!!!)
CHAMPIONSHIP EXTRAVAGANZA STORIFY!!!
In 2016 we have gotten some SWEET media coverage! Thanks Wall Street Journal, Quartz, R&D, Green Bay Press, Kansas City Star, ASU News, & Skunk Bear, & NATURE NEWS(!!!), (radio) WBEZ Chicago & KJZZ Science & Innovation Desk!
You can also read about #CatScandal!
This year we have ALL new divisions! And to roll out the new divisions, we are going to release two taxa from each division. Note that these are not first round bouts, just two of the species included in the Division. Art credit to the incredible Charon Henning.
Dr. Josh Drew, Lecturer, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Dr. Kristi Lewton, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Neurobiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Dr. Chris Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Dominican University
And since science is most badass when paired with kickass art- we are so excited to welcome back the artists of Cirque Du Rouge to once again astound and astonish us with incredible creations! Tattoo artist and scientific illustrator Charon Henning is coordinating the artistic side of the tournament. & we have this year’s logo thanks to Cyn Rudzis!
We are also joined by the Stone Lab at ASU & @mwilsonsayres, tweeting genetics fun facts about the species throughout the tournament!
We’ll live tweet the battles on twitter in the evenings (~8:30 PM Eastern)
Mechanics of filling out a #2016MMM bracket.
Even FANCIER bracket option from #2016MMM fan Will Nickley