Profile: Stam Zervanos

Adaptational Biology Researcher

Dr. Stam M. Zervanos taught courses on biodiversity, evolution, ecology, and physiology. His research has focused on the adaptational biology of mammals in such diverse habitats as the deserts of Arizona, the tundra of Alaska, the coastal islands of eastern US and the rainforests of South America. Dr. Zervanos is the author of over 30 research publications and is currently working on the adaptation and evolution of hibernation of woodchucks.

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Why do Groundhogs Emerge on February 2?

According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter; if not, an early spring is predicted. Of course groundhogs – also known as woodchucks – don’t emerge at this time just to be furry weather predictors. So what’s the real reason? Research into groundhog biology shows they have other priorities in early February than mingling with the people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
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