August 14, 2014

11:05 PM | The Price of an Elephant
Elephantopia's letter to store owners points out the tragic consequences of ivory sales. Continue reading →
10:51 PM | An Epic Move for Rhinos
Edna Molewa, South Africa Minister of Environmental Affairs, confirmed that some of the rhino will be sent to Botswana and Zambia, where there will be “intense protection zones. Continue reading →
9:06 PM | Recommended Reads #33
Editorial boards of ecological journals are far less likely to have people who principally work with insects, compared to other taxa. Simon Leather runs down the numbers for us. Here is a great site for students about the Anatomy of a Scientific Article. Looks like great reading for students in lower-division and starting upper-division coursework. “The…
8:03 PM | Fatal work injury that killed Erik Deighton, 23, was preventable, MIOSHA cites Colonial Plastics
Erik Deighton’s work-related death could have been prevented. That’s how I see Michigan OSHA's findings in the agency’s citations against his employer, Colonial Plastics.
6:18 PM | Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped
We believe we must speak out against the NRDC’s wolf stamp, and here’s why. The best available science tells us that territorial, apex predators like wolves do not need to be managed. Continue reading →
5:53 PM | Oppose the Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014
The Obama Administration's announcement that it would ban ivory imports and sales in the U. S. was a big step on the way to protecting elephants. Now, six months later after 15,000 more elephants have been killed for their tusks, the ban is still not in place, Continue reading →
3:49 PM | Creature Feature VII: Dragonflies and Other Flies
Here is my next piece for Creature Feature, on the predatory behaviour of dragonflies and the importance of chance in determining the outcome of their hunting attempts.  I adore photographing dragonflies, but am lazy about identifying them. Here are some of … Continue reading →
2:49 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Eefjan Breukink
In planning a trip to the Netherlands for some secret missions for Your Wild Life, I reached out to area scientists to get a different perspective on middle school life. Motivated after reading about his involvement in a scientific debate, I contacted Dr. Eefjan Breukink at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Read on to learn about how this accomplished scientist decided he did not want to become a vet, has a fresh perspective on the meaning of “right” and “wrong” in […]
1:59 PM | CABI shares knowledge with African universities
Each year, top university representatives from across Africa gather at the RUFORUM conference to learn about new developments in education and exchange ideas for collaboration. This year’s event, held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 21 July – 25 July, was an opportunity for CABI to increase awareness of its knowledge and training resources, especially those made available […]
1:30 PM | Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species | @GrrlScientist
A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up. Why are there so many more species in some regions than in others? According to a recent study, competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study, which analysed the genetic and evolutionary relationships between all 461 species of Himalayan […]

Price T.D., Hooper D.M., Buchanan C.D., Johansson U.S., Tietze D.T., Alström P., Olsson U., Ghosh-Harihar M., Ishtiaq F. & Gupta S.K. & (2014). Niche filling slows the diversification of Himalayan songbirds, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13272

FJELDSÅ J. (2013). The global diversification of songbirds (Oscines) and the build-up of the Sino-Himalayan diversity hotspot, Chinese Birds, 4 (2) 132-143. DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0014

Richman A.D. & Price T. (1992). Evolution of ecological differences in the Old World leaf warblers, Nature, 355 817-821. DOI: 10.1038/355817a0

Kennedy J.D., Weir J.T., Hooper D.M., Tietze D.T., Martens J. & Price T.D. (2012). Ecological limits on diversification of the Himalayan core Corvoidea, Evolution, 66 (8) 2599-2613. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01618.x

Alström P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Hung L.M., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067

Harmon L.J., Schulte J.A., Larson A. & Losos J.B. (2003). Tempo and Mode of Evolutionary Radiation in Iguanian Lizards, Science, 301 (5635) 961-964 . DOI: 10.1126/science.1084786

12:17 PM | Next Field Day – August 27, 2014
We put together a draft agenda for our next Platte River Prairies Field Day, which will take place on Wednesday August 27 at our site south of Wood River, Nebraska.  The agenda is a draft only because we may add … Continue reading →
3:48 AM | Right beneath our feet: amazing nature in our backyards (Reign of Fire II?).
Our normal environs tend not to excite our scientific interest on a daily basis. They can instead become so familiar as to become boring and mundane – or just effectively invisible. We are instead more likely to be captivated and amazed when we go somewhere new – the Arctic, the Galapagos, the Amazon, the Negev Desert. On these trips, we tend to get excited about all sorts of critters, no matter how small or common. When visiting new countries, I find myself eagerly taking pictures […]
12:25 AM | Wordless Wednesday August 13
Photo Credit: Scott Bessler Tagged: Ecology, Flowers, leaves, nature, Wordless Wednesdays
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

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 […]
9:27 PM | New Frontiers in Eco-Communication
Guest post by Clarisse Hart, Outreach and Education Man […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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 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 […]
4:28 PM | Summertime
Filed under: Agriculture, Land Use/Cover
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 →
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
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! […]
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

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 […]
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 . . .
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.
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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