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Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

NPR is all up in evolution

Posted 30 Aug 2010 / 0

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 Read More

Cultural Evolution, Evolution, Human Evolution, Psychological Adaptation, Radio & Podcasts, Religion, Reviews

ESA 2010 Day 6 (August 6th)

Posted 06 Aug 2010 / 0

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”, Read More

Conferences, Ecological Society of America, Ecology

ESA 2010 Day 5 (August 5th)

Posted 05 Aug 2010 / 0

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 Read More

Conferences, Ecological Society of America, Ecology

ESA 2010 Day 4 (August 4th)

Posted 04 Aug 2010 / 0

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 Read More

Conferences, Ecological Society of America, Ecology

ESA 2010 Day 3 (August 3rd)

Posted 03 Aug 2010 / 0

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 Read More

Conferences, Ecological Society of America, Ecology

ESA 2010 Day 2 (August 2nd)

Posted 02 Aug 2010 / 0

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 the launching of ESA’s newest journal, Ecosphere, which is the first online-only open-access journal published Read More

Conferences, Ecological Society of America, Ecology