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Influential conservation ecology papers of 2016

As I have done for the last three years (2015, 2014, 2013), here’s another retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2016 as assessed by experts in F1000 Prime. Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity — ...
by Conservation Bytes on Dec 15, 2016

TED Talk Thursday – Kristen Marhaver: How we’re growing baby corals to rebuild reefs

According to TED.com: “Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it’s easy to get s...

Early warning signs that foretell imminent societal collapse – new study

inhabitat.comA research paper published earlier this summer has scientists around the world in a frenzy, as it claims that archaeological information can be used to determine when a civilization is approaching collapse.Researchers from the University...
by INFRAKSHUN on Sep 3, 2016

Rich and stable communities most vulnerable to change

I’ve just read an interesting new study that was sent to me by the lead author, Giovanni Strona. Published the other day in Nature Communications, Strona & Lafferty’s article entitled Environmental change makes robust ecological ne...
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 16, 2016

ReGen Village Design Pushes for Self-Sustenance

The rate and degree of evolution for building types and development patterns around the world may be one of the most critical decisions facing the fate of the biosphere over the next century. While a growing number of voices can point to the decidedl...
by Intercon on Aug 2, 2016

More things stay the same, more we retrogress

Within six months of Abbott and the Coalition seizing power in the 2013 Australian election, decades—if not centuries—of environmental damage and retrograde policies unfolded. But this was no run-of-the-mill incompetence and neglect by government...
by Conservation Bytes on Jul 20, 2016

Cruise Lines Continue to Support Mass Murder of Whales in Faroe Islands

#expeditioncruising by Jim Walker - Walker & O'Neill Maritime LawyersYesterday, residents in the Faroe Islands brutally slaughtered a pod of 30-50 pilot whales in the Danish island's annual gruesome, grindadráp (grind). The Sea Shepherd organiz...
by Expedition Cruising on Jul 17, 2016

Seeing the wood for the trees

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try t...
by Conservation Bytes on Jul 11, 2016

Subconsciously sexist?

It was with some consternation that I processed some recent second-hand scuttlebutt about my publishing history with respect to gender balance. I’ve always considered myself non-sexist when it comes to working with my colleagues, but as a white...
by Conservation Bytes on Jun 29, 2016

Extinction synergy: deadly combination of human hunting & climate change wrote off Patagonian giants

Here’s a paper we’ve just had published in Science Advances (Synergistic roles of climate warming and human occupation in Patagonian megafaunal extinctions during the Last Deglaciation). It’s an excellent demonstration of our concep...
by Conservation Bytes on Jun 19, 2016

Don’t you Love Koalas?

I wrote a post a few years ago about the kangaroo in Australian art.One thing I learned when I wrote it, was that I hadn’t ever drawn or painted an Australian animal in my whole life.I’d fully taken on the cultural art conditioning that it was cl...
by Creative in Sea Minor on Jun 10, 2016

Nature’s Voice

Civilization isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s got its moments—modern medicine, indoor plumbing, Honey Boo Boo—but often it’s artificial. It’s like somebody made up a set of silly rules and those who dare violate them are...

Species-area & species-accumulation curves not the same

I’ve just read an elegant little study that has identified the main determinants of differences in the slope of species-area curves and species-accumulation curves. That’s a bit of a mouthful for the uninitiated, so if you don’...
by Conservation Bytes on May 30, 2016

Mother Earth

As a planet-locked earthling, I’m thinking about Earth today. Such a quotidian planet. While I’ve been to others in my mind, this is the only one on which I’ve ever been or am likely to be. And yet there are … Continue reading →...

TED Talk Thursday – Laura Robinson: The secrets I find on the mysterious ocean floor

According to TED.com: “Hundreds of meters below the surface of the ocean, Laura Robinson probes the steep slopes of massive undersea mountains. She’s on the hunt for thousand-year-old corals that she can test in a nuclear reactor to disco...

TED Talk Thursday – Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

According to TED.com: “Forget about the hybrid auto — Shai Agassi says it’s electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.” “Whe...

Son Baulo estate, Lloret (Majorca)

I spent few days in Majorca last month, but I only carry my ipad with me this time, as it was a business trip.  These are some pics from Son Baulo, a place that is a tearoom in the afternoons and a restaurant and events venue at night. &nbs...

How to find fossils

Many palaeontologists and archaeologists might be a little put out by the mere suggestion that they can be told by ecologists how to do their job better. That is certainly not our intention. Like fossil-hunting scientists, ecologists regularly sear...
by Conservation Bytes on Mar 29, 2016

How to find fossils

Many palaeontologists and archaeologists might be a little put out by the mere suggestion that they can be told by ecologists how to do their job better. That is certainly not our intention. Like fossil-hunting scientists, ecologists regularly sear...
by Conservation Bytes on Mar 29, 2016

Sensitive numbers

You couldn’t really do ecology if you didn’t know how to construct even the most basic mathematical model — even a simple regression is a model (the non-random relationship of some variable to another). The good thing about even these s...
by Conservation Bytes on Mar 22, 2016


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