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August 14, 2014

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12:25 AM | Wordless Wednesday August 13
Photo Credit: Scott Bessler Tagged: Ecology, Flowers, leaves, nature, Wordless Wednesdays
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12:19 AM | An American postdoc in Europe
In January of this year my boyfriend, Andre, and I packed up our house in Fort Collins, CO, dropped our dog, Ginger, off with my mom and moved out of Colorado and the country. This marked the beginning of an … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

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9:56 PM | Talking urban flamingos and coral reef villages at the Davis Science Cafe #ESA2014
In cooperation with Jared Shaw, Ben Landis, the Davis S […]
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9:27 PM | New Frontiers in Eco-Communication
Guest post by Clarisse Hart, Outreach and Education Man […]
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8:32 PM | Where to find great, free neuroscience pictures
Image from the Mouse Connectome Gallery When I write a post or an article, I often want to include a nice-looking picture or illustration. But it can be hard to find the right images of the brain (or animal) that is freely available: open-sourced or Creative Commons licensed. Here is a list of suggestions I received for […]
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7:46 PM | Fynbos and Forests: Reporting on Fynbos Forum 2014
Looking up into the canopy in the heart of the Knysna ForestsLast week saw one of the largest gatherings of people working in the landscapes of South Africa's Cape Floristic Region. I was lucky enough to attend. The annual Fynbos Forum conference brings together everyone from academic researchers, students, conservation managers, landowners and numerous others from all over the world together in a friendly and welcoming space to exchange ideas, knowledge and progress in all connected fields. It […]
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7:07 PM | Dying from heat at work, acclimation lacking
Failing to get the time to acclimate to a hot work environment can be deadly. That’s the message I took away from an item in last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). “Heat illness and deaths among workers — U.S. 2012-2013” reports on 13 occupational heat-related fatalities investigated by federal OSHA.  Nine of the…
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6:12 PM | Mapping the ants of the world
Several years ago, Benoit Guénard decided that he was interested in knowing where one kind of ant could be found. Another ant biologist asked. Benoit didn’t know. The other ant biologist didn’t know. Benoit is not the sort of person to let a question go unresolved. Questions boil in his brain sometimes and this was one of those kinds of questions. And so Benoit set about to understand where ants of the genus Formica could be found. But the problem was he did not seem to be […]
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4:31 PM | Do you want to discuss science? Use Twitter
Nature just published a survey of how scientists use social media: The results confirm that ResearchGate is certainly well-known (see ‘Remarkable reach’, and full results online at go.nature.com/jvx7pl). More than 88% of scientists and engineers said that they were aware of it — slightly more than had heard of Google+ and Twitter — with little […]
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4:28 PM | Summertime
Filed under: Agriculture, Land Use/Cover
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2:13 PM | Meetup tonight will be in the Aquatic Ecology section booth in the poster hall
We just decided that the meetup tonight at 5:30 in the aquatic ecology section booth in the poster hall. It’s on the wall that’s all the way on your left as you walk in. It’s possible the booth will be … Continue reading →
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11:39 AM | Reminder: Dynamic Ecology meetup today! (UPDATED)
Remember, the Dynamic Ecology meetup is today, 5:30-6:30 in the poster session hall. Meg, Brian, and I will find a table be in the aquatic ecology section booth, come say hi!Filed under: Announcements and events, Meeting previews and reviews
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10:27 AM | Update: Plant Health News (13 Aug 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including  the management of Kanjarai leaf spot of banana in India, a UF/IFAS study into monitoring a major berry pest and the invention of the most efficient technology of vegetable growing in Japan. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news! […]
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4:00 AM | The challenge of relatable theoretical ecology
Last November, I was attending the International Biogeogaphic Society special meeting on species interactions. The first keynote speaker, Rosemary Gillespie, mentioned that one of the most important piece of advice she received was to find a model system, understand it as much as you can, and use it as a basis against which other systems can be compared. Her and her group are doing some stunning things on the biogeography of spiders on the Hawaii archipelago, so it’s hard to argue against […]

August 12, 2014

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10:59 PM | Bad New Benzos: Anti-Anxiety Drugs Increase Fish Survival . . . Why is This a Problem?
This question seems unnecessary, but let's ask it anyway: Why do we care about water pollution? There are myriad reasons, of course, but a common answer is that we are concerned about poisoning wildlife. Chemicals in both industrial and residential wastewater are potentially toxic to an array of species and can alter the functionality of entire food webs. We should not toxify nature. Of course poisoning wildlife is bad. We are (rightfully) so concerned about how many animals […]
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10:08 PM | We are at ESA, and you can too!
This week, BioDV contributors Jes Coyle, Emily Grason, Fletcher Halliday, and Jon Lefcheck are be attending the 2014 annual meeting . . .
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9:09 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Obama signs order requiring certain contractors to disclose labor violations; judge rules in favor of college athletes; Brooklyn hospital fined for workplace violence; and workers take wage theft to court.
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4:56 PM | Swift Action Needed
The swifts have gone. They left about a week ago and the sky is silent over British towns and cities. By now they will be well on their way south, quartering marshes in the south of France and Spain, making … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Addiction and free will
Bethany Brookshire, aka Scicurious, has an awesome article on how we think of addiction: None of these views are wrong. But none of them are complete, either. Addiction is a disorder of reward, a disorder of learning. It has genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences. It is all of that and more. Addiction is a display […]
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3:17 PM | Bouncing over a white cloud
In memory of Robin Williams, and really all those suffering from severe–and often hidden and not always treatable–depression. Somebody said they saw me I was swingin’ the world by the tail Bouncin’ over a white cloud… …Killin’ the blues Rowland … Continue reading →
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1:32 PM | Kelp & German Death Metal
I have no words for how amazing this is. New lab theme song?
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1:30 PM | Picturing science: Royal Society launches scientific illustrations print on demand | @GrrlScientist
The Royal Society has just launched a print-on-demand service so the public can easily purchase high quality prints of nature and scientific illustrations from its library and archives.Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.-Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and printmaker (1863-1944) Continue reading...
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1:05 PM | The Secret Life of Roukus
A Yankee cat or southern kitty? Roukus calls Maine home for 3 months of the year and Florida for 9! Right now in Maine she enjoys trips through the woods and visiting neighbors but doesn’t take too well to the cool sands of Maine’s shores. Will she prefer the warmer beaches of the Sunshine State? Roukus is just one of 73 Do-It-Yourself (DIY) participants enrolled in Cat Tracker. With your help, we’re trying to uncover the secret lives of indoor-outdoor cats using GPS […]
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12:15 PM | In Celebration of Black-Eyed Susans
Before I begin this post, let me say thank you to all of you who voted on the photo choices offered up in last Friday’s post.  This time, there was no difficulty in determining the winners.  About 90% of the … Continue reading →

August 11, 2014

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9:30 PM | Aboriginal lizard hunting boosts kangaroo numbers
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 1:26pm, August 13, 2014 The common wallaroo, a type of kangaroo, in Western Australia gets a boost from fires set by lizard hunters. Ron Knight/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)Women of the Martu aboriginal tribe in Western Australia hunt lizards by setting fire to patches of brush to expose the burrows of their prey. And rather than diminishing the number of […]
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6:33 PM | New dolphin species gets a name
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 3:57pm, August 11, 2014 Two members of the newly named humpback dolphin species leap through the waters off the northern coast of Australia.Guido ParraIt’s official: Australia has its own species of humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis.Humpback dolphins of the genus Sousa are found along the coasts of Africa, Asia and Australia. Scientists had […]
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5:08 PM | Birdbooker Report 333
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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4:24 PM | A Kelpy Time Machine
This is x-posted from my guest post at Deep Sea News about the new Floating Forests citizen science project I’m part of. If you’re excited about it, go check out http://www.floatingforests.org/! There’s something I’ve always wanted. Something that would take … Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | Didn’t know where to find you
I didn’t know where to look for you last night Didn’t know where to find you I didn’t know how I could touch that light That’s always gathering behind you I didn’t know that I would find a way To … Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Attraction in the World of Bats
We spend much of our lives attempting to figure out the opposite sex in the hopes that it will lead to increased opportunities to attract a mate. But even when in a relationship, looking back to see how it all kicked off can still leave … Continue reading →
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