Monthly Archives: April 2013

Oikos, food web methods, and PARASITES!

I was fairly excited today when I popped my Google Reader open and saw that there are two new early view papers up at Oikos about food webs. The first is a methodological paper that investigates the role that aggregating … Continue reading

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My research in a cloud

Having just finished my dissertation proposal, and having seen @rOpenSci tweet a word cloud of their recently submitted Sloan Grant app I thought it would be cool to post a word cloud of my proposed research.

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It is a tangled bank up there

Energy flows through the community from basal species to top predators. We envision this flow using food chains and webs illustrating the directionality of energy flow from basal organisms to top predators (see the humorous fish food chain below). Energy … Continue reading

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Euler and the Seven Bridges of Königsberg

As I was told by Google, and reminded again by Bradley Alicea at Synthetic Daisies, April 15 was Leonhard Euler’s 309th birthday. While Euler is known for a great deal of spectacular mathematical work, I want to focus on one … Continue reading

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Pleistocene park in 4D – the rewilding

I recently went to see Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D and it was spectacular. Seeing this movie again (it has been a long time) now with my experience in ecology and evolutionary biology meant that I started noticing all the … Continue reading

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More food web plotting with R

Food web for Otago Harbor, NZ: One of the many things I have been trying to figure out is how to plot food webs in a manner that makes sense, using the igraph package in R, see here. I finally … Continue reading

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Carnival of Evolution

So the 58th Carnival of Evolution is now up at Synthetic Daises with a variety of cool evolution themed blog posts. In my relatively short time following ecology and evolutionary themed blogs I have seen a number of these Carnivals … Continue reading

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