ESA 2014, Tuesday talks

As usual, I went to some great talks and missed some great talks. Here are summaries of the ones I caught: Thomas Newsome of Oregon State University talked about his work with William Ripple on a trophic cascade involving wolves, coyotes, and … Continue reading

ESA 2014, Monday talks

As usual for a big conference, there are more interesting talks offered than I could possibly attend in one day. On Monday, I delved back to the Triassic and then into the future: Bruce Byers, an independent scientist who runs … Continue reading

Surprising Blooms Emerge When Deer Are Kept Out of Forest Plots

During my first field season of doctoral research, I set up a deer exclosure experiment to study plant community change in the presence and absence of deer browsing at Mountain Lake Biological Station in southwestern Virginia. I recently visited the fences, … Continue reading

One extinction leads to another…. And then what happens?

Worldwide, 97 of more than 280 carnivores are on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. These carnivores host parasites and diseases, some that are specialists and others that are generalists and can infect many different species of host. One … Continue reading

Favorite talks at ESA 2013

At the Ecological Society of America’s international meeting in Minneapolis last week, there were so many cool things to learn about, I felt like a kid in a candy store (as the EEB & Flow blog aptly put it). A … Continue reading