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Wet or Dry, it’s our Earth

Carnival of the Arid #2, the blog carnival about deserts, is up on Coyote Crossing. Related to lack of water is, well, lack of water and how it affects people, leads to wars over water, etc. So for the World Water Day on March 22, the blogosphere will write about transboundary water. Send your entries…

Those of you who have been following the science blogosphere for a while may remember that excellent old blog Down to Earth which, sadly, went dormant back in 2006. I am happy to announce that Daniel Collins has now started a new blog, focused on water, hydrology and other All Things Wet, at Cr!key Creek…

Meetings I’d like to go to….Part V

Genetic Manipulation of Pest Species: Ecological and Social Challenges: In the past 10 years major advances have been made in our ability to build transgenic pest strains that are conditionally sterile, harbor selfish genetic elements, and express anti-pathogen genes. Strategies are being developed that involve release into the environment of transgenic pest strains with such…

Did you know that the largest desert on Earth is Antarctica? And the second largest is Arctic? And only then comes Sahara! Well, I knew that because Hal Heathwole taught a Desert Ecology course that many of my buddies in grad school took. But if you don’t believe me, check out the Wikipedia page about…

Coral disease outbreaks and warming waters

The next Sigma Xi Pizza Lunch — noon, Wednesday, Dec. 17 — is a chance to learn more about climate change’s expected environmental toll. UNC-Chapel Hill marine biologist and ecologist John Bruno will discuss recent research on links between coral disease outbreaks and warming waters. The Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to…

Where are the acorns?

CNN reports: Scientists baffled by mysterious acorn shortage: Up and down the East Coast, residents and naturalists alike have been scratching their heads this autumn over a simple question: Where are all the acorns? Oak trees have shed their leaves, but the usual carpet of acorns is not crunching underfoot. In far-flung pockets of northern…

New journal: Ideas in Ecology and Evolution

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution is a new Open Access journals which is also experimenting with the review process. Bob O’Hara and commenters go into details. I hope it does not end like Medical Hypotheses: a great source of blog-fodder for snarky bloggers and not much else. We’ll keep an eye….

And blogging about! Obligatory readings of the day: The Evolution of Poisonous Birds: This research elegantly demonstrates that the evolution of just one character — in this case, toxicity — can profoundly affect the evolution of a suite of other characters, ranging from body size and behavioral traits to ecological niche. Allen’s Rule, Phenotypic Plasticity,…

Climate Change and the Neglected Majority

The next Sigma Xi lunch pizza in RTP will be noon MONDAY, Nov. 17. Come hear Rob Dunn, assistant professor of zoology at NC State, talk about “Climate Change and the Neglected Majority.” Dunn, among other things, is interested in insects and how changes in their distribution affect ecosystems. Sigma Xi’s Pizza Lunch speaker series…

27 Best Deep-Sea Species, take two

The list is now final. Here are the top 13: #13 Deep-sea corals #12: Yeti Crab #11 Venus’s Flower Basket #10: Echinothuriid Sea Urchins #9: Bathynomus, the GIANT ISOPOD!!!! #8 Red Lure Jellyfish #7 Predatory Tunicates #6: Giant Sea Spiders #5 Barreleye Fish #4 Gold-Footed or Scaly Foot Snail #3 Flesh Eating Sponges #2: Bone-Devouring…