What’s wrong with null models?

A guest post by Carsten F. Dormann Over the last years, I have been using null models more often than I liked. I had to, when there was no other way to figure out if an ecological pattern was unexpected, or trivial. Inspired by some recent (and also some older) posts, I thought I might throw around…

An illustration of a intransitive relationship between species A,B,C

Why my money is still on transitivity in plant communities

Guest post by Carsten F. Dormann In his book “The Signal and the Noise”, Nate Silvers likened competing scientific hypotheses to betting. If you think that your hypothesis H1 is correct, rather than H2, you should be willing to put money on it, with odds reflecting your belief in H1 vs H2. This post collects…