Insectivorous birds and bats help plants by removing herbivorous arthropods. Predator exclosures around the plants are needed to study this. What could be measured of the plants inside the exclosures and in uncaged controls? There are several possibilities that are listed in this post. There is need for more plant measurements in predator exclosure studies, especially in the natural tropical forests.
Career paths in academia too often take a linear trajectory, especially in ecology. This post
explores how they impact equality and diversity in our field and why we should start a conversation about it with the aim to change this.
When research becomes innovation, universities get paid.
Shedding light on natural history collections and the need for their protection.
Ecologists use null models every day. But we rarely use them when measuring gender bias in academia.
We seek out ecologists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to highlight their work and share their stories and experiences. Check out this week’s Ecologist Spotlight featuring Cecilia O’Leary!
Recovery of imperilled species requires a diverse set of conservation strategies. One strategy, known as species reintroductions, is to release individuals to areas where they historically resided but have recently been extirpated. Here, we contend that the term repatriation should be used in lieu of reintroduction to enhance clarity when discussing conservation initiatives.
We are all influenced by researchers as we navigate the world of STEM. There are negative interactions that make us question our decision to pursue research, but it is the positive interactions and the encouragement of a few that we would like to highlight on International Women’s Day. In this post, we want to thank and celebrate some of the women in ecology that have welcomed us into this field, encouraged us to pursue careers in ecology, and guided us to success.
Changes in bee habitat floral composition shape the available nutritional supply in the environment. In this context, the key plant species must be present in the flora to produce pollen that is nutritionally balanced for bees. Lack of nutritionally balanced food results in limitation posed on the growth and development of bees, negatively influencing their populations. Improved understanding of impacts of taxonomically diverse floral resources on bees is needed for better understanding of pollinator decline and may result in more successful intervention strategies.
Would you like to comment about and discuss posts in Rapid Ecology? Or other issues in our field? This post is here just for your comments.
As scientists contemplate our role in communicating science to policy makers, we often forget the myriad ways that policy impacts our science and the systems we study. Every field site, ecosystem, and landscape in which we work reflects the legacy of international treaties, national and state laws, and land use programs. Our discussions regarding whether and how we engage in the policy process should reflect an awareness of the many ways that these policies drive what we see and do every day in our research.
Kelp forests are early indicators of not only climate change, but large-scale ocean change.
Imposter syndrome is often experienced by the many but discussed by the few. What happens when we give it a platform? Realizations and tips for dealing with #ImposterSyndrome
Are species distribution models being evaluated with enough rigidity?