• Carsten Rahbek: The Role of a Natural History Museum

    My number one go-to when visiting a new city is their Museum of Natural History. I now work at NTNU’s Natural History Museum, and getting a glimpse at what happens behind the scenes has deepened that appreciation further.
    With that in mind, I sat down with Professor Carsten Rahbek of the Natural History Museum of Denmark to talk about the role of a Natural History Museum in today’s world.

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  • Behavioral Ecology for the Masses

    Thomas Halland is back to say a bit more about what behavioral ecology actually is. Being introduced to the field of behavioral ecology was what sparked him to actually consider a career in science. It’s a fascinating and beautiful field, and I hope I can show you why!

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  • Extreme warming events may sound like bad news to reindeer, but they could help increase population stability

    Extreme Warming Events Could Increase Reindeer Population Stability

    Whilst extreme events brought about by climate change are predominantly negative, this week’s paper looks at an example of a potentially positive effect on a species.

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  • Citizen Science and Biodiversity: Thoughts From a Meeting With the European Citizen Science Association

    A collection of biodiversity researchers from across Europe came together in Brussels for a unique kind of meeting last week. We were connected by two common threads: first, we are all supported by BiodivERsA, a large network of European biodiversity research projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. And second, most importantly, we are all interested in connecting our biodiversity research with citizen science in one form or another.

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  • Rasmus Hansson: The Intricacies of Environmental Politics

    Environmental politics is a tricky business. We live in a world where environmental crises are at the forefront of the news cycle, and in which science is simultaneously becoming the subject of distrust. So it makes sense that at this point, politics should be adapting and evolving as science does. Sam Perrin and I spoke with Rasmus Hansson, former leader of both the Norwegian World Wildlife Fund and Green Party, about whether that is the case.

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  • Brexit and Ecology

    The last three years have seen some serious political upheaval in the European region, Brexit being perhaps the pinnacle of that. It’s an issue on which everyone has an opinion and which noone seems to have any answers to. So I thought that this week I’d try to put together a synthesis of sorts on how Brexit will possibly affect the ecological science community.

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  • Carsten Rahbek: Communicating Science Through the Media

    The last six months have seen several influential scientific papers been taken out of context and sprayed across myriad forms of media. It seems like journalists have little regard for scientific nuance. But is it right to blame the media for these distortions, or do scientists themselves need a better understanding of how the media works? Professor Carsten Rahbek has appeared in over 1000 scientific articles, I sat down with Carsten during his recent visit to the CBD to ask him about science’s history with the media, and whether the scientific community needs to work to understand the media a little better. whether the scientific community needs to work to understand the media a little better.

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Current Issues

Behavioral Ecology for the Masses

Thomas Halland is back to say a bit more about what behavioral ecology actually is. Being introduced to the field of behavioral ecology was what sparked him to actually consider a career in science. It’s a fascinating and beautiful field, and I hope I can show you why!

Citizen Science and Biodiversity: Thoughts From a Meeting With the European Citizen Science Association

A collection of biodiversity researchers from across Europe came together in Brussels for a unique kind of meeting last week. We were connected by two common threads: first, we are all supported by BiodivERsA, a large network of European biodiversity research projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. And second, most importantly, we are all interested in connecting our biodiversity research with citizen science in one form or another.

Brexit and Ecology

The last three years have seen some serious political upheaval in the European region, Brexit being perhaps the pinnacle of that. It’s an issue on which everyone has an opinion and which noone seems to have any answers to. So I thought that this week I’d try to put together a synthesis of sorts on how Brexit will possibly affect the ecological science community.

From the Experts

Carsten Rahbek: The Role of a Natural History Museum

My number one go-to when visiting a new city is their Museum of Natural History. I now work at NTNU’s Natural History Museum, and getting a glimpse at what happens behind the scenes has deepened that appreciation further.
With that in mind, I sat down with Professor Carsten Rahbek of the Natural History Museum of Denmark to talk about the role of a Natural History Museum in today’s world.

Stories from the Coalface & Paper of the week

Locating Shark’s Teeth in the Phone Book

Supervisors: they’re our mentors, bosses, idols. Sometimes, they can seem almost super-human – they know everything, and find every single flaw in your work. So it can be easy to forget that your supervisors and various other higher-ups are not necessarily a species of perfect, paper mass-producing, hyper-creative geniuses, but in reality just experienced people, who still make mistakes and have “brain-farts”. The following is a personal encounter I had which serves as proof.