Declines in insect biomass

I had a surreal conversation with my (conservative) uncle this Christmas. It went a little like this: Me: A study in Germany this year showed a large decline in insect biomass…75% over the past thirty years or so (Hallmann et al 2017, open access). We call it the “windscreen effect“, where when you used to […]

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This blog post on depression is so good…maintaining mental health is a constant process not a switch, you can’t magically just “be better.” If you’re suffering from depression, you’re not alone! Seek help…things can get better. And read this: Mental health — it is important I’ve been very curious about the Travellers in Ireland…they are […]

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This is a really interesting article, but I resent the implication that ecologists don’t pay any attention to evolution. Of course we do! Like what is this crap in a Nature article: “Ecologists have generally ignored evolution when studying their systems; they thought it was impossible to test whether such a slow process could change […]

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Okay, I don’t care who you are, dinosaurs are just cool. This new finding of pterosaur eggs in China contributes to a long debate about the origin of flight. PS. The wingspan of 13 ft is comparable to modern dinosaurs (aka birds) like the wandering albatross and the California condor. Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient […]

The lions of Lake Nakuru NP sleep in the trees

You may have noticed that there are a lot more photos of predators, and that the predators look a lot fatter, in my recent photos from Kenya, as compared to my photos from Tsavo NP earlier this year. The reason for this has a lot to do with the size of the parks, and whether […]

The network game

The department I currently work in has a competition for who can do the best job of baking their research into a delicious and informative dessert for coffee hour. After seeing some of the amazing desserts prepared by others, I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete on the baking front…I needed a gimmick! Because […]

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There are a lot of links in this post, sorry! They’ve been building up for a little while: I have experienced this first hand…dogs are our companion animals and there is even evidence that dogs shaped human evolution just as much as we shaped theirs: Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a […]