Category Archives: Musings

Exams

So tomorrow I will be taking my oral exam to defend my dissertation proposal. As I was looking over papers I was reminded of this quote in a paper by Cohen and Newman (Dynamic basis of food web organization): “In … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Linked

Looking for a bit of inspiration I am turning to a great pop science book by Albert-László Barabási, Linked. In the second chapter entitled “The Random Universe,” Barabási introduces us to the great mathematician Paul Erdős. Erdős, according to the … Continue reading

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End of my first week in Seville

So I have now been visiting with the Bascompte Lab for about a week now. Jordi has been very helpful in discussing with me my research ideas and goals. He has also started to walk me through the basics of … Continue reading

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Testing qualitative stability

So, we have a major question in ecology; “what is the relationship between diversity/complexity and stability.” And we have data on diversity and complexity, but how can we assess the stability of a system without numbers to fill in the … Continue reading

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