Monthly Archives: March 2012

Doing stuff with Ecological Networks

A few months ago one of my former post-docs mentioned that he had been thinking about ecological networks. One common type of network is a bipartite network, for example a plant-frugivore network, where members of one group (e.g. frugivores) may … Continue reading

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BaSTA – More fun than a Swedish sauna

One day, a few years ago, I was drinking with some fellow biologists in “Seminar Room A” opposite the Natural History Museum in Helsinki. The Sibelius Academy is next door to the museum, so we shared the bar with musicians. … Continue reading

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The Problems of Interpreting Data

A few weeks ago Science published a paper which claimed that biodiversity was important for the functioning of dry grasslands. This claim was strange because the analysis suggested that biodiversity wasn’t very important – it only explained about 4% of … Continue reading

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Friday, Friday

Because it’s Friday, and as a result of something I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I think I need to blog this: see more LOLcats

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Good News for Open Access, Bad News for PLoS?

Well, actually this is old news, which I only noticed because of a link from the Improbable Research blog. The shorter version is that the success of PLoS could mean PLoS’s demise, because the need to adapt massively to benefit … Continue reading

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