Darwin quote of the day: Marry—Mary—Marry Q.E.D.

Today is Charles Darwin’s birthday, and a welcome excuse for me to restart my very short sequel of Darwin quotes. Keeping in mind that Valentine’s day is lurking round the corner, I have decided that while others celebrate Darwin’s memory by remembering his fondness for beetles or his contributions to ecology, I want to remind…

Do you still know all your coauthors?

Collaboration sizes increase across all scientific disciplines, and Ecology is no exception to this trend. One of the problems emerging from this development is that it seems more and more difficult to remember all your coauthors. This recent erratum in Nature adds no less than five forgotten coauthors, in addition to correcting various names and…

A citation universe

The website paperscape.org creates a beautiful dynamic visualization of the citation network that connects articles on the arXiv preprint server, resembling a view in the night sky. As you will see, quantitative ecology is a small cluster of galaxies in the lower left corner of the open access universe, dominated by the large network nebula.…

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A tribute to this year’s Ig Nobel Price winners

I just realized that, unlike in previous years, I completely missed the announcement of the Ig Nobel Price winners 2013, which took place at Harvard last week. My sympathy is of course with all laureates, yet, I can’t help but feel that our wider field (biology) contributed two particularly worthy studies to this event, with…

Darwin quote of the day

“I have long discovered that geologists never read each other’s works, and that the only object in writing a book is a proof of earnestness, …” CHARLES DARWIN TO J.M. HERBERT. Down [1844 or 1845], Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (Project Gutenberg ebook), p.347