• Marvel-ous Mythology and Bad Biologists

    We looked at some of the mythical Chinese creatures portrayed in Marvel’s recent outing, and some movie science tropes that always ignite a bit of ire for biologists.

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  • Started at the Bottom, Now We’re Here…

    Models are an incredibly powerful tool for predicting how our world is likely to change, and today’s authors utilized a modelling approach to understand the future of an Arctic system.

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  • To Get Great (Statistical) Power, It Takes Great Responsibility

    Failing to reject a null hypothesis that there is no difference between two samples doesn’t necessarily mean that there actually isn’t a difference. There is always a chance that we didn’t have enough evidence to detect a real difference. Finding ways to increase the power, the probability that we reject the null hypothesis when the alternative is really true, ahead of a study can help us feel more confident in our ultimate conclusion. This post talks about strategies for analyzing and increasing power in ecology settings.

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  • On The Path Of The Prey Of The Pangolin

    Today’s researchers selected a particularly charismatic species, the Temminck’s pangolin, and through some truly admirable fieldwork, monitored whether or not their foraging activities changed in the face of the extreme conditions we are only likely to see more of as climate change worsens.

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  • What COP26 Is And Why It Matters

    During the last couple have weeks, news reports, talk of renewed commitments, and lots of finger-pointing have been flying thick and fast COP26 has dominated the news over the past two weeks. The post pandemic world has watched as finger pointing and vague promises have emerged from Glasgow as talks progressed. But underlying all the drama is the realisation that the world is rapidly approaching a point of no return.

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  • Bad Neighbors

    Natural communities are at risk the world over, and today’s study shows how disruption of key species interactions can harm an entire community.

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  • The Fascinating Lives of Colonial Animals

    Evolutionary processes led to very diverse outcomes, including animals so different from our own appearance. Let’s take a look at one such form of life that is easily overlooked, but far more diverse and abundant than they may seem: colonial animals.

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Current Issues

What COP26 Is And Why It Matters

During the last couple have weeks, news reports, talk of renewed commitments, and lots of finger-pointing have been flying thick and fast COP26 has dominated the news over the past two weeks. The post pandemic world has watched as finger pointing and vague promises have emerged from Glasgow as talks progressed. But underlying all the drama is the realisation that the world is rapidly approaching a point of no return.

The EU Taxonomy: What It Is And Why It Gives Me Hope For A Sustainable Future

Those of you not seeped in the work of sustainability reporting may have missed the recent introduction of the ‘EU Taxonomy’. While it may sound like yet another piece of overly bureaucratized legislation, it’s a new initiative meant to spur financing in sustainable activities. It’s also intended to hold large businesses responsible for their social and environmental footprint, an important goal in a world where our own quest for sustainable lifestyles often feel overshadowed by the greed of big business. 

Stats Corner & Words from the Experts

To Get Great (Statistical) Power, It Takes Great Responsibility

Failing to reject a null hypothesis that there is no difference between two samples doesn’t necessarily mean that there actually isn’t a difference. There is always a chance that we didn’t have enough evidence to detect a real difference. Finding ways to increase the power, the probability that we reject the null hypothesis when the alternative is really true, ahead of a study can help us feel more confident in our ultimate conclusion. This post talks about strategies for analyzing and increasing power in ecology settings.

On The Trail Of Explosive Seaweed Blooms

You’ve probably heard of the Sargasso Sea – it is well-known for the floating seaweed called Sargassum that provides a habitat for baby sea turtles and many other sea critters. For the last 10 years, Sargassum seaweed has spread throughout more of the Atlantic Ocean and become a problem, with blooms affecting the Caribbean, states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, South America and even Africa.