Tag Archives: big data

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

Posted in Ecology, Observation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Observation and Ecology A Back to the Future Story

A transformation in how we see the world… NEWS: REVIEWS ARE IN! The new book from Aníbal Pauchard and Rafe Sagarin is about the remarkable changes going on in science right now–a transformation that is taking us back to the old, … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Natural Side of Big Data

Originally published on Island Press’ “Field Notes” blog, August 21, 2012: “Big Data” is getting big coverage. For example, this recent column in the New York Times that captures the emergence of Big Data as a cultural meme. Usually, people … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Wishes to Students Without Boundaries

Originally posted by Rafe on Evolution: This View of Life: Here is a great introduction to the “Generation Anthropocene” class and project conceived of and taught by a Stanford Geology grad student and taken to whole new levels by the … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Correlation, Causation, and the Bravery of Young Observational Scientists

Originally on Island Press’ Field Notes blog: Andy Revkin, who writes the dot Earth blog for the New York Times posted an article on Facebook today which describes an apparent link between natural gas “fracking” and low birth weights.   Revkin … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Cootie” Scientists are Observational Too!

It’s always nice to see an old colleague in print, even if he is referred to as a “cootie scientist”.  So I was glad to see NewScientist do an interview with Noah Fierer, who was in grad school with me … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Rocky Mountain Deep Sea Tubeworms

Although I’ve been talking about and teaching on the concepts in Observation and Ecology for years, my first official talk on the book was a couple of weeks ago at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, which is a testament to the … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Environment, Observation | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment