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Christopher X J. Jensen
Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

NPR is all up in evolution

Posted on 30 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

It is kind of amazing how much evolution has found its way into the news of late. National Public Radio usually has pretty good science coverage via Talk of the Nation Science Friday, but lately they have been providing some excellent coverage of important evolutionary concepts that do not always get good press. First, there […]

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Vegans and the Quest for Sanity

Posted on 14 Aug 2010 / 3 Comments

In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article entitled “Vegans and the Quest for Purity”, Harold Fromm attempts to paint veganism as an inconsistent, unnecessary, and downright annoying movement. As a long-time vegan and trained ecologist, I feel the need to respond to some of his strange claims. I became a vegetarian in 1989 and […]

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ESA 2010 (Overall Impressions)

Posted on 07 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

This year’s Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting was a success for me, and its siting in Pittsburgh was an added bonus. Based on the scope and focus of the meeting, ESA seems to be an organization poised to move beyond its traditional role as the central home of ecological research. The extension into […]

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ESA 2010 Day 6 (August 6th)

Posted on 06 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

This year’s ESA has included a lot more sessions and symposia on the work being done by ecologists to preserve ecosystem services and work within the communities that benefit by these services. Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero’s talk, “Healthy ecosystems, healthy people: Popularizing ecology from the local to the global, the example of GAIA in Puerto Rico”, […]

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ESA 2010 Day 5 (August 5th)

Posted on 05 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

Allison “Sunny” Power, last year’s ESA president, presented the first talk (“Global warming and agricultural intensification”) of a special session entitled “Global Warming, Smallholder Agriculture And Environmental Justice: Making Critical Connections”. She spoke about the effects of agricultural intensification through the use of increased fertilizer and pesticide use and the effect this intensification has on […]

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ESA 2010 Day 4 (August 4th)

Posted on 04 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

J. Nathaniel Holland gave one of the most thought-provoking talks (“Integrating mutualism into food webs through consumer-resource and network theory”) of this fourth day of the ESA meeting. Although I need to do some more reading and thinking on his ideas to fully understand them, Holland seems to be suggesting that the Lotka-Volterra models of […]

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ESA 2010 Day 3 (August 3rd)

Posted on 03 Aug 2010 / Leave a Comment

I started off this day by attending a session on green roofs organized by Colleen Butler. J. Scott MacIvor presented a talk entitled “Reconciliation ecology opportunities reach new heights: Insect species composition and diversity on green roofs and adjacent ground-level habitat patches in an urban area” that presented the results of a small-scale comparison of […]

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