• “Wait, What Am I Even Saying?” Communicating Statistics To A Wide Audience

    If we write about our statistical methods behind our ecology work, and none of our readers understand it, have we really communicated at all?

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  • Analysing The Impact of Blackfish on SeaWorld’s Orca Program

    ildlife documentaries generally have the best of intentions, but our ability to determine their actual impact is limited at best. There have been attempts to analyse a documentary’s content or impact before, but they’re few and far between (outside of financial success).

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  • Hydrothermal Vents And Where To Find Them

    The deep sea is an unimaginably large and dark environment, and humanity’s attempt to learn about it is comically clumsy. Sampling the animals in the deep sea is often done “blindly”, and are comparable to sampling a rainforest with a helicopter. At night. With a map that a kindergartener drew.

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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.

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  • Marlene Zuk, prominent evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist, has been trying to encourage more fact-based discussions about gender in the scientific community

    The Myths Behind Gender in Science with Professor Marlene Zuk

    Kate Layton-Matthews and I had the chance to interview Professor Marlene Zuk. Marlene is a prominent evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist, and a well-known advocate of improved gender equality in academia. People are still maintaining the view that women are ‘naturally less inclined’ to what are considered as ‘masculine’ disciplines, but as Marlene explains, it is impossible to disentangle culture from genetics.

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  • Light My Fire: How Birds Respond to Extreme Climate in the Wake of Bushfire

    Extreme climate events and bushfires are on the rise due to climate change. SO how could the interaction of the two make it harder for already-struggling species, and how do we use these interactions to plan fire management?

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  • Bog Off! Why Is Peat Still Being Sold In Garden Composts?

    The COVID pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives, and forced many to pick up new hobbies to stay happy and occupied. Among these new hobbies is gardening, with stores across the UK seeing increasing demand for potted plants and horticultural products. But while gardening may seem like an eco-friendly past time, many of the products sold for home-use have multiple direct and indirect negative environmental effects, and among the worst of these is peat-rich composts. But what is peat? And why should you avoid gardening products that contain it?

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Current Issues

Hydrothermal Vents And Where To Find Them

The deep sea is an unimaginably large and dark environment, and humanity’s attempt to learn about it is comically clumsy. Sampling the animals in the deep sea is often done “blindly”, and are comparable to sampling a rainforest with a helicopter. At night. With a map that a kindergartener drew.

Bog Off! Why Is Peat Still Being Sold In Garden Composts?

The COVID pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives, and forced many to pick up new hobbies to stay happy and occupied. Among these new hobbies is gardening, with stores across the UK seeing increasing demand for potted plants and horticultural products. But while gardening may seem like an eco-friendly past time, many of the products sold for home-use have multiple direct and indirect negative environmental effects, and among the worst of these is peat-rich composts. But what is peat? And why should you avoid gardening products that contain it?

Are Wind Farms A Threat To The Planet’s Birdlife?

While there seems to be a neverending deluge of pessimism surrounding the climate change debate these days, there is plenty of cause for optimism as well. One of the biggest examples is how quickly renewable energy is growing as a power source in a vast number of countries. A large proportion of that energy is generated by wind farms, dotted all across the globe, which have often come under intense public scrutiny. While many complaints often concern the impact on local aesthetics or property values, there is one concern with genuine consequences for local wildlife: bird deaths.

Stats Corner & Words from the Experts

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.

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