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Recent Major Posts
- My Evolution 2014 talk is on YouTube
- Evolution 2014: Overall Impressions
- Evolution 2014: Day 4
- Evolution 2014: Day 3
- Evolution 2014: Day 2
- Evolution 2014: Day 1
- Evolution 2014: Day 0
- Evolution 2014: Preview
- Open Information Environments and the 21st Century College Classroom
- Moodle Tip: Using anchor links to create your own course page menu
Recent Minor Posts
- Recommendations for creating a more student-centered classroom
- Evolution 2014: Synthesis centers can serve as incubators if they buffer researchers from the risk of failure
- Evolution 2014: Want to teach both sides? Have your students deconstruct creationist propaganda!
- Evolution 2014: EvoGrader will take the grading out of assessing student learning outcomes
- Evolution 2014: A clever way to see if creationist students understand evolutionary concepts
- Evolution 2014: The Evolution Film Festival was on fire!
- Evolution 2014: Could the right symbionts provide protection from chytrid infection to amphibians?
- Evolution 2014: Are island mutualist communities more likely to be nested because they are inherently more unstable?
- Evolution 2014: Is thyme a facultative mutualist with leguminous plants?
- Evolution 2014: Lemurs display huge diet diversity, and their gut microbes track this diversity
Category Archives: Ecological Society of America
Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America “Keys to a Successful Student-Centered Classroom: Three Recommendations“ This is a really nice guide for anyone who wants to do a large-scale course conversion to a student-centered learning approach. These recommendations are sound … Continue reading
I am proud to report that The Sustainable Use of Fisheries, one of the teaching tools that I have developed, is available on the EcoEd Digital Library. Provided as an educational outreach project of the Ecological Society of America, EcoEd provides teachers … Continue reading
I am slogging away at writing up a long-overdue individual-based modeling project that I presented eons ago at ESA 2009 and ESA 2010, and I am trying my best to present the model in complete form. This project is the … Continue reading
ESA 2012 Symposium #23, Commodifying Nature: The Scientific Basis for Ecosystem Service Valuation in Environmental Decision Making
Friday morning is a tough spot at an ESA meeting. It is the last day of a six-day conference, and there are only morning events, so many people evacuate before this final session. And for those who do drag themselves … Continue reading
I spent Thursday afternoon once again hustling from one talk to another, with Organized Oral Session #47 (Universal Senescence? New Theories and Experimental Approaches Across the Tree of Life) being my primary focus. The writings of George C. Williams and … Continue reading
ESA 2012 Workshop #8, Getting off the Ground with Individual-Based Modeling: A Primer for Instructors and Researchers
I got off to a running start at this year’s Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting with a workshop orchestrated by Steven Railsback and Volker Grimm. Entitled “Getting off the Ground with Individual-Based Modeling: A Primer for Instructors and … Continue reading
I am off to another Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting, my sixth and the society’s ninety-seventh. As I already covered in a previous post, I will be presenting a poster entitled “The Evolution of Sustainable Use, a flash-based classroom … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
During Tuesday evening of ESA’s meeting I attended a really great special session entitled “Big Models in Ecology: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly Are All Possible Outcomes”. Organized by Vince Gutschick, the session began with a series of overviews … Continue reading
At lunchtime I attended a workshop dedicated to helping participants to integrate environmental justice content into ecology courses. The workshop started off with an introduction by Leanne Jablonski. She discussed the absence of ecologists (and therefore the science of ecology) … Continue reading
I spent Tuesday morning in a really well-organized symposium entitled “Mutualistic Networks”. Headed up by Jordi Bascompte, the collected talks focused on the network architecture of mutualistic interactions, mostly among plants and their various insect pollinators. I came in with … Continue reading