Back at the Evolution 2014 meeting I encountered the great “Drift” animated short, which I still use in my evolution course. Well the producers of that short have formed ECOmotion Studios, and they have made a bunch more videos in honor of the Ecological Society of America‘s centennial.
This one is a fun “spoken word” jam that does a great job of describing Robert Paine’s seminal work on the effect of predators on community diversity. I like how the 1960’s animation and poetry aesthetic was used to bring out the time period in which this work was done. Although the narrative approach here is pretty straight-forward, I imagine that students would find the visuals here to be really valuable in understanding the nature of Paine’s important experiment.A Minor Post, Coevolution, Community Ecology, Competition, Ecological Society of America, Ecology Education, Film & Video, Film, Television, & Video, Intertidal Zones, Keystone Species, Methods, Predation, Science in Art & Design