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27 Best Deep-Sea Species

About half have already been posted: #27: Brachiopods #26: Pig Butt Worm #25: Crawling Crinoids #24: Tube Worms #23: Dumbo Octopus #22: Xenophyophores #21: Phronima #20: Swimming Sea Cucumbers #19: Black Devil Anglerfish #18: Venus Fly-trap Anemone #17: Tripod fish, Bathypterois #16: Chaunax, the red-eyed gaper #15: Spookfish, Rhinochimaera pacifica #14: Alviniconcha, the Hairy Vent…

Bats eat birds – join the discussion

As the month of September is coming to a close, and the topic of the month in PLoS ONE is bats, we decided to end the focus with a Journal Club. Starting today, and lasting a week, there will be a Journal Club on this PLoS ONE article – Bats’ Conquest of a Formidable Foraging…

iNaturalist rocks!

Thanks Bill for drawing my attention to iNaturalist which has the makings of an awesome site! What is it? It is essentially a Google Map where people can add pins every time they see an interesting critter: a plant, fungus, animal, etc. What is recorded is geographical coordinates and time when it was posted. Moreover,…

Will the rich save the planet?

Save the planet? Buy it: Millionaires are purchasing entire ecosystems around the world and turning them into conservation areas. Their goal? To stop environmental catastrophe. But will they know how to do it well? Will they inject some of their own incorrect ideas into their projects? Who will they listen to when designing these? Will…

How free access internet resources benefit biodiversity and conservation research: Trinidad and Tobago’s endemic plants and their conservation status: Botanists have been urged to help assess the conservation status of all known plant species. For resource-poor and biodiversity-rich countries such assessments are scarce because of a lack of, and access to, information. However, the wide…

The Machete Therapy

Anne-Marie is in Belize, doing some field-work, including chasing jaguars with specially trained dogs (scat-sniffers). Although electricity is rare and sporadic, she manages occasionally to post a quick dispatch on her blog. I wish I was there to see her (and those of you who have met her at the Science Blogging Conference may also…

Since I am not an ecologist, when I teach the ecology lecture I ‘go by the book’ and trust that the textbook will be reasonably accurate. But now, perhaps I should rethink the way I teach about ecological succession…What do my ecological readers think?

The wilding of the American West is definitely a controversial idea. Josh Donlan provides links to the details of the proposal and asks the readers to do a quick poll about it – go do it!

Brendan Bohannan, Richard W. Castenholz, Jessica Green and their students and postdcos at the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Oregon are currently doing a Journal Club on the PLoS ONE article The Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition: Metagenomic Characterization of Viruses within Aquatic Microbial Samples, which is part of the…

There is a lot of stuff one hears about food, sustainability, environment, etc., and it is sometimes hard to figure out what is true and what is not, what is based on science and what is emotion-based mythology. For instance, some things I have heard over the years and have no means to evaluate if…