• Does the Individual’s Fight For Sustainability Matter?

    There seems to be a pattern of thought currently floating around regarding sustainable living. The take home message goes something like this: “it makes no difference whether an individual tries to live sustainably, big corporations are the ones making all the difference anyway”. I want to challenge the notion that the actions of individuals are meaningless.

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  • The Concept of Certainty in Ecological Science

    Go through any scientific paper and you’ll find it littered with uncertainty. Scientists qualify parameters, give standard errors, make way for random processes even when experiments have been planned to the finest detail. So why is uncertainty such a crucial part of science? How does this affect the non-scientific public’s perception of science? And does this relationship with knowledge need to change in the future?

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  • Getting Older is Favored in Choosy Species

    This week’s paper looks at a timeless (get it?) question. What is the point of getting old?

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  • Birds are Reptiles

    You read that correctly, birds are reptiles. Now, I can hear you saying “but we learned that they are a different group of organisms, and that reptiles are just those scaly animals that have cold blood?” While reptiles don’t have cold blood per se, some of them DO have feathers. And can fly. But birds belong with the snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles in the reptile group.

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  • Johanna Schmitt: Climate Change and Plant Life

    From the California wildfires to the recent strikes across Australian primary schools, climate change is a topic that only seems to grow in its ubiquity. Yet whilst humans are increasingly focused on more obvious repercussions, such as extreme weather events, animal extinctions and shifting coastlines, we sometimes forget that climate change will have severe repercussions for plant life as well.
    I spoke to Professor Johanna Schmitt of the University of California earlier this year to discuss some of those repercussions.

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Current Issues

Does the Individual’s Fight For Sustainability Matter?

There seems to be a pattern of thought currently floating around regarding sustainable living. The take home message goes something like this: “it makes no difference whether an individual tries to live sustainably, big corporations are the ones making all the difference anyway”. I want to challenge the notion that the actions of individuals are meaningless.

The Concept of Certainty in Ecological Science

Go through any scientific paper and you’ll find it littered with uncertainty. Scientists qualify parameters, give standard errors, make way for random processes even when experiments have been planned to the finest detail. So why is uncertainty such a crucial part of science? How does this affect the non-scientific public’s perception of science? And does this relationship with knowledge need to change in the future?

Birds are Reptiles

You read that correctly, birds are reptiles. Now, I can hear you saying “but we learned that they are a different group of organisms, and that reptiles are just those scaly animals that have cold blood?” While reptiles don’t have cold blood per se, some of them DO have feathers. And can fly. But birds belong with the snakes, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles in the reptile group.

From the Experts

Johanna Schmitt: Climate Change and Plant Life

From the California wildfires to the recent strikes across Australian primary schools, climate change is a topic that only seems to grow in its ubiquity. Yet whilst humans are increasingly focused on more obvious repercussions, such as extreme weather events, animal extinctions and shifting coastlines, we sometimes forget that climate change will have severe repercussions for plant life as well.
I spoke to Professor Johanna Schmitt of the University of California earlier this year to discuss some of those repercussions.