Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Preview of my ESA 2012 poster promoting the Evolution of Sustainable Use activity

Posted 31 Jul 2012 / 0

This year I am proud to be returning to the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. I missed last year’s meeting and I am excited to be overwhelmed by all the amazing scholarship that is on display at these meetings. I generally present talks at meetings, but this year I decided to do Read More

A Major Post, Biodiversity Loss, Carrying Capacity, Conferences, Cooperation, Cultural Evolution, Ecological Modeling, Ecological Society of America, Ecology, Ecology Education, Economic sustainability, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Justice, Ethics, Food, Group Selection, Marine Ecosystems, Population Growth, Population Pressure, Predation, Public Policy, Resource Consumption, Sustainability, System Stability, Teaching Tools, The Sustainable Use of Fisheries

Mark Bittman on the ecological imperative of eating less meat

Posted 31 Jul 2012 / 0

Marketplace “Worried about climate change? Eat less meat.“

A Minor Post, Climate Change, Vegetarianism

New York Times article on zoonotic disease risks

Posted 19 Jul 2012 / 0

The New York Times “The Ecology of Disease” Missing from this article is a more comprehensive discussion of the risks posed by concentrated animal feed operations.

A Minor Post

Climate change makes mountaineering more risky

Posted 19 Jul 2012 / 0

The New York Times “For Climbers, Risks Now Shift With Every Step“

A Minor Post, Climate Change, Play

New evidence for gene-culture evolution in Native Americans

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Evolutionary Responses to a Constructed Niche: Ancient Mesoamericans as a Model of Gene-Culture Coevolution“

A Minor Post, Cultural Evolution, Gene-Culture Coevolution, Human Evolution

Australopithecus sediba fossils reveal a more apelike diet

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

Science Now “Early Human Ate Like a Giraffe” To me this finding indicates that Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be an ancestor of modern humans.

A Minor Post, Homo species, Human Evolution

Drift may be not be specific to genetic systems

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Structural Drift: The Population Dynamics of Sequential Learning“

A Minor Post, Genetic Drift, Teaching

When any behavior can be modeled, real-world constraint is critical

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

PLoS One “Modeling Collective Animal Behavior with a Cognitive Perspective: A Methodological Framework“

A Minor Post, Behavior, Behavioral Ecology, Cognitive Ability, Evolutionary Modeling, Intelligences, Modeling (General), Neuroscience

Experimental study of cooperation and population structure calls into question the importance of heterogeneity

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “Heterogeneous networks do not promote cooperation when humans play a Prisoner’s Dilemma“

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Game Theory, Social Networks

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics hosts conference on the role of cooperation in major evolutionary transitions

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 0

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics “Cooperation and Major Evolutionary Transitions” There’s also a seminar series going on this winter: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics “Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity” It is fascinating how many physicists are tackling theoretical questions related to cooperation these days!

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Macroevolution