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I have begun an ambitious effort to inventory and assess the concepts I want my students to master. Check out my Conceptual Teaching Assessment Project!
Recent Major Posts
- Taking risks for the data
- Barash the gene accountant on that little economic driver called “reproduction”
- An amazing indictment of the academic publishing industry (in which most of us participate)
- For the next eight months, the future of my career is (mostly) out of my hands
- My review of “Origins of Altruism and Cooperation” is published in QRB
- US EPA’s EnviroAtlas project promises to give researchers, students new insights into the geography of ecosystem services
- Where to publish in ecology & evolution without funding for page charges
- My decision to make my course evaluations public
- How will I deliver conceptual understanding?
- Embarking on a grand experiment in conceptual teaching
Recent Minor Posts
- I will participate in a roundtable discussion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- New fossil finds provide unique insight into the variation found in “Man the Hunted”
- Writing and record-keeping as important tools in the evolution of large-scale human cooperation
- “Brainchildren” — another way to conceptualize our devotion to cultural fitness
- Are MOOCs and the arts incompatible?
- Does self organization of social networks foster cooperation in the face of cheating?
- New research suggests that chimpanzees understand that cooperation produces benefits
- Microbes may surf their way to successful cooperation
- Open Access publishing and “peer review” fail the test of a well-designed hoax
- What the move towards a more sustainable Pratt looks like…
Category Archives: Carrying Capacity
National Geographic “The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion” This article provides a great overview of the kind of work that Craig Packer’s research group does in the Serengeti to understand the social behavior of lions. There is valuable … Continue reading →
Freakonomics Radio “You Eat What You Are” This piece delivers a much needed kick in the self-righteous pants to the locavore movement. It systematically disassembles the assumptions of the local food movement, ending by discussing the minimal quantitative ecological benefits … Continue reading →
The Huffington Post “Ayn Rand and Modern Politics” What I really appreciate about this post is its very simple brand of analysis. It asks a simple question and employs a clear methodology to objectively understand a phenomenon (in this case, … Continue reading →
F1000 Posters “The Evolution of Sustainable Use: a flash-based classroom tool for teaching population biology and sustainable resource management“
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 … Continue reading →
I just watched the video Home, a production of Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his Good Planet Foundation. Composed solely of high-quality panoramic images intensified by a soaring new-age soundtrack, the film provides viewers with a fairly comprehensive overview of the earth’s … Continue reading →
The Otherwise population growth simulator In what now seems like an infamous episode in my early career, I once tried to deliver a sample lesson on population growth during an all-day interview for a full-time teaching position at a fairly … Continue reading →