Photography is classified as art, ecology is science. Two distinct worlds that only very rarely show some overlap. I am however convinced that a combination of both disciplines could be very fruitful. Being a photographing ecologist, or ecological photographer not only gives artistic satisfaction, but it can also be a serious addition to your science.
Although taking pictures on a busy fieldwork day might feel like a waste of precious time, it can be really valuable to assign some minutes in the field to photography and make sure you are familiar with at least the basic skills of the art.Read the full article.
This post has been cross-posted from downwithtime.
Clean water, forest products, clean air. The value of ecosystem services has received a lot of attention in the past several years. In 1997 Robert Costanza and co-authors provided one of the first real valuations of ecosystem services (Costanza et al., 1997), estimating that, at an annual subsidy of ~$33 Trillion...Read the full article.
Clean water, forest products, clean air. The value of ecosystem services has received a lot of attention in the past several years. In 1997 Robert Costanza and co-authors provided one of the first real valuations of ecosystem services (Costanza et al., 1997), estimating that, at an annual subsidy of ~$33 Trillion, they provide more value to human society than the entire global GNP at the time (~$18 Trillion). Following Costanza’s paper and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (...Read the full article.
It’s a new year, new grant cycle, time to think about everyone’s favorite topic – Data management! OK, it’s probably not the most fun thing you will ever do. If you really love databases, Endnote libraries, data dictionaries, and quality assurance plans, you will have great job security later in life. However, if you are like me you started grad school with a vague proficiency in Excel and some idea that you should take good lab notes. Managing data in any organized fashion was never as fun or interesting as collecting it. I was sure to remember what I did, why I did it, and where I put it, right?
No. Not really. It is...Read the full article.
Katie Koelle delivered the opening talk in the Ignite session on “theory vs. empiricism” at the ESA meeting.* I thought she raised several interesting issues that weren’t really touched on in the rest of the session. I was struck by one remark in particular: that theory in ecology is dying, or at least going out of fashion, and is being replaced by modeling.
Theory here means trying to discover or derive general principles or laws–the fundamental simplicity underlying and unifying the apparent polyglot complexity of nature. Think of evolution by natural selection, the laws of thermodynamics, general relativity, MaxEnt, and statistical “attractors” like the central limit theorem and extreme value theory.
In contrast, modeling here means building a mathematical description of some specific system, in order...Read the full article.
Authors Keith Bradby, James A Fitzsimons, Andrew Del Marco, Don A Driscoll, Euan G Ritchie, Jenny Lau, Corey JA Bradshaw and Richard J HobbsAbstract
Western Australia’s State Barrier Fence represents a continuation of colonial era attitudes that considered kangaroos, emus and dingoes as vermin.
Recent plans to upgrade and extend the Barrier Fence have shown little regard for ecological impacts or statutory environmental assessment processes.
Bradby K, Fitzsimons JA, Del...Read the full article.