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Variation is the grist for, and the flour from, the evolutionary mill. Without variation, no evolution occurs. With variation, evolution can generate even more variation by causing organisms in different environments to evolve different traits. We all know this, and we proceed accordingly in our research; but perhaps we too often take it for granted. Only sometimes are we smacked in the face by variation in such a way that it makes us pause and re-evaluate the way we view the world. Well, […]
[ This post is by Darren Johnson; I am just putting it up. –B. ]I’m just going to say it – I like cute, baby fish. As a longtime SCUBA diver, I’ve spent countless hours on reefs throughout the world, and one of my true delights is noting the arrival of baby fish. Yes, they are often adorable, but one of the most fascinating things is that sometimes there are giant schools of baby fish, and other times there are few, if any, to be seen. The future population of […]
[ This post is by Daniel Peterson; I am just putting it up. –B. ]Alaska contains roughly half of the wilderness in the United States. That’s over 230,000 square kilometers of pristine habitat – a place where ecosystem processes disrupted almost everywhere else can be observed in a natural state. Of course, that also means a large proportion of the state isn’t accessible by road, a fact I could barely comprehend as a brand-new grad student stepping off a plane from […]
Hi everybody. An upcoming conference on speciation has just been announced:Gordon Research Conference on SpeciationModes of Diversification, Ecological Mechanisms, and Genomic SignaturesMarch 15–20, 2015Ventura, California, USAA preliminary program is up with a great list of speakers. More information is available at the conference’s home page. Save the date!
[ This post is by Craig W. Benkman; I am just putting it up. –B. ]When we think of species having large and disproportionate impacts on communities, animals like sea otters come to mind. By eating and depleting sea urchins, sea otters prevent urchins from eating and depleting kelp. The huge difference between having kelp forests and their diverse community of fishes, sea lions, and eagles, versus largely kelp-less barrens arises simply from contemporary ecological processes; otters […]
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