• Does A Modern Ecologist Need To Become A Bayesian?

    With Bayesian models on the rise in the ecology literature, a reader asks, “does a modern ecologist need to become a Bayesian?” This post outlines the benefits of thinking of ecological scenarios as hierarchical models, now requiring specification of our prior beliefs, that can then be fit with the same set of Bayesian computational tools.

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  • Measuring Immunity With Transparent Hosts

    This week guest author Dr. Tara Stewart Merrill tells us all about her recent paper investigating how infection progresses in Daphnia.

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  • The Stream Microbiome: An Ecosystem’s Health Report Card

    Bodies of water and human bodies both harbor communities of microorganisms that make up the microbiome. Although healthy microbiomes are difficult to define, unhealthy microbiomes are easier to spot. Microbial imbalance, or dysbiosis, affects human and ecosystem health.

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  • Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away (From The Fact That They’re Invasive)

    Horses are, without a doubt, a hugely significant part of human culture and history. Horses were and in many places still are are an omnipresent part of life. People have a lot of feelings about them. here?

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  • Welcome to the Jungle: Living With Your Study Species

    many of us – breaking down the physical separation of work and life and instead creating one very long day at the office. For many research groups, this meant having to make key decisions on what to do with vital animals, plants, and tissue cultures. For me, it meant over a year living with hundreds of bush crickets.

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  • Some (Don’t) Like it Hot

    The latitudinal diversity gradient is a well-studied phenomenon in ecological research, and today’s study investigated its relationship with parasitism.

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  • Good News In Case Watching the Ocean Burn Got You Depressed

    It’s been an awful week for the environment. If you’ve missed some of the news from the past four or five days, congratulations. But since climate-related depression is a very real thing, and there ARE always some success stories out there regarding the climate and our planet’s biodiversity, I thought I’d take this chance to share some positive stories from around the world.

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Good News In Case Watching the Ocean Burn Got You Depressed

It’s been an awful week for the environment. If you’ve missed some of the news from the past four or five days, congratulations. But since climate-related depression is a very real thing, and there ARE always some success stories out there regarding the climate and our planet’s biodiversity, I thought I’d take this chance to share some positive stories from around the world.

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The Tug of War Between Climate Change and Habitat Destruction with Professor Francesca Verones

While climate change often dominates news headlines, the fact remains that currently the majority of damage being done to the world’s ecosystems is a product of the way we use land. With that in mind, I spoke to Professor Francesca Verones of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology earlier this year. We discussed why communicating the problems with land use change can be a challenge, and why changing our habits is hard, but necessary.