Category Archives: Ecology

The Quotes that Got Away

One of the problems of writing a book is that it eventually gets done, and almost immediately after it’s done, you start to discover a bunch of facts, stories, and quotes that would have been just perfect for the book, … Continue reading

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Thanks for a Great Review of Observation and Ecology

Anibal and I were really excited about this latest review of our book in Basic and Applied Ecology by Christoph Kueffer.  I loved that he used the word “manifesto” in the first sentence, as I always called the book “our … Continue reading

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The More We Observe, the More Problems, and Solutions, We Find

Here’s an article by Stephanie Ogburn for E&E about a recent essay in Nature Climate Change on mesophotic coral reefs.  The main thrust of the essay is that these deeper water reefs may act as some kind of rescue source … Continue reading

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Art, Science, Observation: A Conversation on Art and Environment between Rafe Sagarin and Eric Magrane

Art, Science Observation: A Conversation on Art Environment between Rafe Sagarin and Eric Magrane.  (This is the whole link, one video clip is below). A fun and wide ranging conversation, with videos, between Rafe and poet Eric Magrane about science, … Continue reading

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Let’s Bring the Biosphere Home

A critical omission in Observation and Ecology was in not citing Mitch Thomashow’s excellent book, Bringing the Biosphere Home (MIT Press, 2002).  It has certainly been influential on my thinking and earlier drafts contained whole sections in which I cited … Continue reading

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Observation in the Coldest Place on Earth

Apologies if you thought this post would be about Antarctica.  It’s about Bodega Head, California, which always just feels like the coldest place on Earth to me when I trek out there through relatively sunny Petaluma and into the enveloping … Continue reading

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Animals as Observers

There is a nice Op-Ed piece in The New York Times by science writer Emily Anthes on the use of remote tags to track animals and their behaviors.   Built around the story of 832F, a radio collared female wolf who … Continue reading

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