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The evolutionary equivalent of the Oikos blog

If you like the Oikos blog, especially my attempts to use philosophy to help think about ecology, you'll like the excellent Evolving Thoughts blog by philosopher John Wilkins, which takes the same approach to evolution. Recommended.

On changing your mind in science

In the previous post I asked readers if a post of mine had changed their minds about whether the intermediate disturbance hypothesis is true or even useful. I was gratified to see I did completely change a few minds, and caused many others to at least doubt their...

Poll: do you still believe in the IDH zombie? (UPDATED)

My post on how the intermediate disturbance hypothesis is a zombie idea has garnered more pageviews and generated more discussion than anything else I’ve written for this blog. But of course, blog comments, and the emails I’ve received, are a highly non-random sample...

Zombie ideas in ecology: the unimodal diversity-productivity relationship

Various people have been begging me to do a post on the humped diversity-productivity relationship as a zombie idea--a widely-believed idea that should be dead, but isn't. And since my motto in blogging is "Give the people what they want!"*, here it is! Grime (1973...

Thoughts on NutNet

Nice write-up in Science this week on NutNet ("Nutrient Network"), a huge (68 sites, 12 countries, 6 continents) experiment looking at the effects of nutrient enrichment and mammalian herbivore removal on grassland communities. This ongoing experiment was started six...

New evolution blog

Readers interested in evolution will want to check out the new group blog Nothing in Biology Makes Sense (the name is taken from Dobzhansky's famous remark that nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution). The contributors are a mixture of experienced...

Zombie ideas in ecology: the t-shirt

Wonder if I've jumped the shark with the whole zombie ideas thing...Nah! ;-)

More resources on Bayesian vs. frequentist statistics

Deborah Mayo and colleagues have just edited a special issue of Rationality, Markets, and Morals featuring the latest thinking on philosophy of statistics and its links to statistical practice. It's open access and highly recommended (not all the articles are posted...

Ecological and evolutionary movies

What are your favorite movies with ecological or evolutionary themes? Fiction, not documentaries. There are a lot of films with conservation or environmentalist themes (think Wall-E or FernGully: The Last Rainforest ), and lots of sci-fi that's loosely about "evolution...

Frequentist vs. Bayesian statistics: resources to help you choose (UPDATED)

There are two dominant approaches to statistics. Here, I explain why you need to choose one or the other, and link to resources to help you make your choice. Most ecologists use the frequentist approach. This approach focuses on P(D|H), the probability of the data,...

I am seeking more postdoc applicants (from certain countries)

I am seeking applicants for the Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships , and the Canadian Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships . The former award is open to citizens of Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia...

Wikipedia: zombie slayer (UPDATED)

One reason why zombie ideas are hard to kill is that many folks aren't familiar with, or don't understand, the non-zombie alternatives. For instance, I think many ecologists don't fully understand Peter Chesson's idea of the storage effect. They either mistakenly think...

Interesting recent and forthcoming Oikos papers

The editor's choice posts are Chris Lortie's domain, but he's very busy right now and so I thought I'd fill the gap by briefly highlighting a few recent and forthcoming Oikos papers that caught my eye. The current issue of Oikos has lots of intriguing-looking stuff. In...

Mathematics vs. natural history

A further belated thought on Lindenmayer & Likens' complaint that ecology is losing its culture of place-based, empirical natural history in favor of (among other things) mathematics. My thought was that they're actually more right than they know. In fact,...

Gonzo ideas in ecology?!

Someone found the Oikos blog by searching on "gonzo ideas in ecology". Sorry, but the Oikos blog is the home of zombie ideas in ecology . For "gonzo" ideas in ecology, go here .

I am seeking postdoc applicants

I am seeking applicants for the Killam postdoctoral fellowship. This is a competitive, 2-year postdoc awarded by the University of Calgary in any academic discipline. The award provides a salary of $45,000 CAD/year, health benefits, and a research/relocation allowance...

Ecology humor by non-ecologists

Maybe we should leave ecology (and stats) humor to non-ecologists; they're very good at it .

Papers with funny titles are less cited

Continuing with the recent "humor in science" theme, a study of citation rates in psychology concluded that papers with funny titles get fewer citations. This finding reduces my motivation to try to demonstrate chaotic population dynamics in the amoeba Chaos chaos (yes...

More reasons (and various ways) to fund people, not projects

Writing in Nature , John Ioannidis shows that I'm not the only one who believes it's time to rethink how most granting agencies fund science . And if you claim that we shouldn't even bother talking about this because too many other things depend on the current system,...

Why I don't care what the biggest question in ecology is

Another tidbit from my interview with Sarcozona that got left on the cutting room floor. She asked me what I think is the biggest or most important question in ecology (something like that, anyway). I said that I don't think that way. I think there are lots of...

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