Monthly Archives: August 2010

NPR is all up in evolution

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 … Continue reading

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Vegans and the Quest for Sanity

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 … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 (Overall Impressions)

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 … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 6 (August 6th)

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: … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 5 (August 5th)

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 … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 4 (August 4th)

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 … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 3 (August 3rd)

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 … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 2 (August 2nd)

The second day of the ESA Meeting began with a morning plenary. Catherine McCarter, executive director of ESA, provided an introduction. She described the Lawrence Center, pointing out that it is the world’s largest LEED-gold-certified convention center. She also announced … Continue reading

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ESA 2010 Day 1 (August 1st)

I began the 2010 ESA annual meeting with a Sunday field trip. In the past these field trips seemed like a luxury due to their expense in terms of money and time, but with my wife Teresa accompanying me to … Continue reading

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