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A picture (and caption) is worth a thousand words

If you like my posts for the Oikos blog, you'll like these posters . Especially this one , which is like a highly-distilled version of half my posts.

The University of Calgary: now with fewer zombies!

A colleague of mine here at Calgary read my post on how the intermediate disturbance hypothesis is a zombie idea , and decided to stop teaching the IDH to undergraduate ecology students. Hooray! Now that we're no longer turning our students into zombies, the next step...

Interview with Steve Ellner

Sarcozona has just posted her latest ESA interview , with Steve Ellner. Great stuff. Steve's thoughts on why microcosms are useful very much mirror my own . And he has a very trenchant question at the end about whether much of the putatively "policy-relevant" research...

Video interviews: Jeremy Fox on the Oikos blog and the ESA meeting

Wiley did a couple of short (2 min.) video interviews with me at the ESA meeting; the videos are now online here and here . The first one is about the ESA meeting. In retrospect, if I'd known the video wouldn't be up until after the meeting, I'd have suggested...

Why "The Spandrels of San Marco" isn't a good paper

Stephen Jay Gould & Richard Lewontin's 1979 article "The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme" is one of the most widely-discussed papers in evolutionary biology over the last 40 years (cited over 3700 times...

In which I try to get readers to do my job for me

I'm a little short on ideas for posts at the moment. I'll probably do something on path analysis at some point (if only to start an argument with Jarrett Byrnes ). Maybe something on Bayesian vs. frequentist statistics. And probably some more looks back at classic, or...

Interview with former Oikos editor and author Nick Gotelli

Now up at Sarcozona . One interesting tidbit I didn't know: Nick is a big fan of the work of statistician Brad Efron , and recommends that ecologists should read more of Efron's work. Seems like a good idea to me (if you didn't know, Efron is the guy, along with R. J...

Changes to NSF submission process: another reason to move to Canada?

NSF has made radical changes to their submission process, in order to cut down on the number of full proposals requiring external review. For summary and discussion of the changes see Jabberwocky Ecology and The Spandrel Shop . Early response to the changes seems to be...

Ecology interviews

Sarcozona interviewed a number of ecologists at the ESA meeting; the post on her first interview (with grad student and blogger Aaron Berdanier) is now up , with more to follow. She's elected to go with a summary format rather than question-and-answer, which seems like...

On answering tough questions

A complement to the previous post . What do you do if you're asked a tough question? The best response to a tough question is to answer it. No dodging, no spin, no bulls**t--just answer the question. There really is no substitute for having thought long and hard about...

On asking tough questions

A previous post on this blog asked why ecologists can't all just get along. Contrarian that I am, I want to ask whether we get along too well. That is, do we ask each other enough tough questions? I've been thinking about posting on this for a while. I finally decided...

Blogging the ESA: Friday highlights

Colin Kremer did not disappoint, giving a very nice talk in which he compiled a massive dataset on the thermal optima and tolerance ranges of different marine phytoplankton, showed that species that like it warmer live in warmer places and that species with wider...

The ESA meeting should have Science Cafes

In addition to putting on free evening ecology talks for the general public, the ESA should also be doing at least one Science Cafe in association with the annual meeting. Science Cafes are events in which (at least in Calgary, where I live) a couple of scientists plus...

Blogging the ESA: Thursday highlights

Spent the morning in the symposium on the ecological consequences of intraspecific variation. An amazing lineup of speakers--the ones I saw (Dave Vasseur, Steve Ellner, Rick Lankau, Lauren Ancel Myers, Seb Schreiber, and Dan Bolnick) were all really excellent, full of...

The ESA meeting should have public lectures (UPDATED)

Sarcozona asks why the ESA meeting doesn't include free lectures aimed at the general public. That's a great question; I think it's really weird that the ESA doesn't do this. The Canadian ecology & evolution meeting included such a lecture back in May (in the...

Blogging the ESA: Wednesday highlights

This is going to be very short, because it's very late. Another excellent day of talks. Chi Yuan, Jon Shurin, and George Livingston lived up to my high expectations, and Carl Boettiger was so good he made my high expectations look like some sort of insult. Amy Downing...

How different levels of scientists appear to other scientists

I couldn't possibly comment on how true this is.

Blogging the ESA: Tuesday highlights

What. A. Day. Best day of talks I've had at the ESA in years . And lots of them were from students and postdocs. I won't attempt much in the way of summaries (you can read the abstracts, which for the most part were accurate summaries of what was actually said). But I...

Blogging the ESA: Sunday and Monday highlights

The highlight of Sunday was the big party out at Mathew Leibold's ranch, "Rancho Relaxo". Mathew invited a whole bunch of his friends out to his place for an evening of eating, drinking, conversation, and sweating (OMG it's hot here!) It occurred to me that this is...

Blogging the ESA: Talks to see on Friday

9 am, room 10B: Hurtado et al. on the interplay of disease-host and predator-prey dynamics. Related to talks by Spencer Hall and Meghan Duffy earlier in the conference. 9:50 am, room 12B: Kremer et al. on adaptation of plankton to thermally varying environments. Colin...

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