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In my last post, I showed that ocean food webs are being re-written by human driven extinctions and invasions. In particular, most species that have been driven extinct by man are predators. So what? So there are fewer species of predators. Does this matter? Won’t, say, all of the other predators just become more abundant, . . . → Read More: DSN Scientist In Residence Jarrett Byrnes On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
February’s Scientist In Residence that I am way behind on introducing is Jarrett Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). I have a lot of respect for Jarrett for not only his mad blogging skills at the cleverly name i’m a chordata! urochordata! but for his impressive research . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence Jarrett Brynes: How Are Extinctions and Invasions Shaping Food Webs?
In a recent paper, de Jonge et al used x-ray fluorescence tomography to give us a new perspective on how diatoms put together those phenomenally intricate frustules of theirs. “X-ray whosamagidget” you say? My thoughts exactly. Let’s break it down. First: X-rays. High-energy waves that help doctors see our bones. Check. Second: fluorescence. Fluorescence is . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Diatoms and X-ray Whosamagidgets
I thought it a good time to lay down a primer on how to talk with a climate skeptic, especially when they’re trying to swindle you. First, it’s good to know that most skeptic arguments begin with a fact. At best, this fact is taken out of context. At worst, this fact (or data . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Confronting Climate Change Skeptics
Dear Diatoms, You are pretty, and I like you. Haeckel liked you too, so did Gaudi. Obviously, they appreciated the little things in life. While you still make appearances now and again in modern life, let’s face it: being microscopic and aquatic, recognition is an up-current battle, and you can’t swim. Perhaps obscurity suits you? . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on the To Humble Diatom
Editors Note: We are starting a new Scientist in Residence program at Deep-Sea News. The Scientist in Residence for each month at DSN would contribute substantial posts in the scientist’s area of expertise. We anticipate these will vary in topic from discussing new papers and commenting on recent events to revealing the specifics of . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Pirate Guilt
Below the fold is a summary of tweets from March 30th, 2010 . . . → Read More: Deep Sea Tweets for March 30th, 2010
Below the fold is a summary of tweets from March 29th, 2010 . . . → Read More: Deep Sea Tweets for March 29th, 2010
Below is a summary of tweets from March 28th, 2010 @kzelnio: Pictures: Giant Squid Get Extreme Plastic Surgery: http://bit.ly/9RXv5k #DSN – 28 Mar 10 04:54