Heading home from the GFÖ 2013 in Potsdam

I’m heading home from the annual meeting of the Ecological Society Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ) 2013 in Potsdam, which was, like every year, enjoyable and abundant with the usual suspects of the small German-speaking ecological world. The organization and the venue were great, big thanks to the local hosts around Florian Jeltsch. If you…

A world model for ecology?

This week’s edition of Nature featured a comment by Drew Purves and colleagues titled “Ecosystems: Time to model all life on Earth”, in which they propose that we need a new model type, general ecosystem models (GEM), that describe the interplay of all major organism types on earth. They say that GEMs […] could capture…