Our research focuses on the population dynamics of plants and how they are influenced by impacts of natural disturbances and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in grasslands and woodlands in southern Australia, and how climate change, fragmentation and shrub encroachment affect ecosystems.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Ecological Rants

I just discovered Charley Krebs Blog page called "Ecological Rants". It's worth a look.

Krebs is an excellent ecologist who has written one of the best textbooks on ecology (Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance) and, because of his age, has been around long-enough to have seen the field both stagnate, get bogged down and ultimately, make some massive gains about the understanding of the natural world. I've always thought his insights were interesting, even if I don't always agree with him.

There's excellent 'rants' about:
- answering unanswerable questions
- when academics should retire
- conservative politics and science
- biodiversity research
- science and money
- what bureaucrats need to do to let scientists get on with their job

I really like Charley's approach (elder statesman type of thing) and it's great to see (once again) how Blogs can get scientists to reach out to other scientists (and the public) beyond their academic publications.

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