Open Lab

 I shamelessly submitted a few posts of mine to Open Lab. If you are looking for quality science writing, you should probably check the list of nominated posts. Or submit nominations of your own. And cross your fingers for me!


Why invasives are problematic

Common question: Why should we worry about species moving around, anyway, haven’t they always done that? A forest is a just a forest and a grassland is just a grassland after all. What are you getting so worked up about? Aren’t humans the worst invasives?

Answer: Yeah, humans are the worst invasives, but I can’t really justify mass extirpations for humans. Not yet, anyway. Though limiting birth rates probably isn’t a terrible idea.

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New time, same place

Following an awesome workshop on Science and Social Media at ESA run by Sandra Chung and Jacquelyn Gill, I am inspired to move my regular blogging day to Mondays (also, I may be behind…). So look for the new post then! And, if you are interested in how social media can benefit your science, check out the slides from that great workshop. Discussion and collaboration are the grease that enables the wheels of science to turn! And I finally figured out what that “.” is suppose to be at the front of some tweets…

Getting ready for #ESA2012

Oops! I’ve been so busy preparing for my talk at the Ecological Society of America’s annual conference that I missed my post deadline. Sorry about that. However, it’s a pretty exciting opportunity. I’ll be part of an organized session that involves some really great speakers called “Contemporary Evolution Amid the Human Enterprise: New Insights Into the Fates of Populations and Communities.” If that doesn’t describe the the evolution of invasiveness, I’m not sure what does.

Here’s my abstract. If you are at ESA, come see my talk and we can nerd out over invasives!

Experimental plant, Centaurea diffusa, Montpellier, France, June 2011