Monthly Archives: October 2012

In Space, No One Can Smell the Earth

Aníbal and I spend an entire chapter on sensory experience in Observation and Ecology.  We note that the best ecologist use much more than just their visual sense to observe the world.  Sometimes this is forced upon them.  Geerat Vermeij, … Continue reading

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Observation and Ecology in Russian

I’m told this article is about our book, but despite my Russian heritage, I don’t know the language.  Enjoy!

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The Art of Ecology and the Ecology of Art

Art interacts with observation and ecology on numerous planes.  There is simply the aspect of personal inspiration, as when the creatures I observe in tidepool surveys or just hiking with friends who know the Sonoran desert become the basis for … Continue reading

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For How Long Have Scientists Been Complaining About Correlation and Causation?

In Observation and Ecology, Anibal and I talk quite a bit about the over-applied critique that “correlation does not indicate causation,” and I’ve written about it here as well.  We believe that the Alvarez’ reconstruction of the K-T extinction that … Continue reading

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Taking a Bite Out of Climate Change: Predators and Carbon Storage

Originally posted by Rafe at Island Press’ Field Notes blog: Everyone knows that sea otters are adorable, and larger numbers of people are learning that they play a key role in maintaining ecosystem diversity by preventing sea urchin populations from … Continue reading

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