Ecology blog roundup

Three recent posts that that I found interesting: 1) Ecologist’s footprints: Corey Bradshaw over at ConservationBytes has an interesting article about the ecological footprint of working ecologists. 2) Consumer power: Marcelino Fuentes at Biopolitical doubts Pavan Sukhdev’s recent nature article is right in stating that cooperates are predominantly responsible for overconsumption – he argues that…

Aliens, natives and novel ecosystems

In a recent comment in Nature, titled “Don’t judge species on their origins”, Mark Davis and others call for judging ecosystems and the species therein in terms of their ecosystem functions, and not according to whether they are native or introduced to a region. Basically, they argue that the paradigm of conserving the native vegetation…

Controversy about species-area versus endemics-area relationships for calculating extinction rates

I’m lagging a little behind the news, but maybe it’s also an advantage to write about this issue after the first smoke has cleared. The topic is a paper by Fangliang He and Stephen Hubbell that appeared in Nature two weeks ago and that has sparked considerable controversy. Basically, the authors claim that “conventional” extinction…