Popcorn origins glimpsed in the ruins of antiquity and the greenhouse time machine
Mar05

Popcorn origins glimpsed in the ruins of antiquity and the greenhouse time machine

Before there was corn (Zea mays subsp. mays), and corn ruled the world, there was the wild grass, teosinte. Corn, known as maize outside the Americas, easily hybridizes with its wild sibling, but these two incarnations of Z. mays do not look alike. Subtle genetic alterations in the regulation of development change Z. mays profoundly, turning an edible wild weed into the economic powerhouse con. Teosinte’s body plan structure and...

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Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology
Feb17

Ill-informed prophecies and the future of women in ecology

In May 2013, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment published a controversial article on “The future of ecology: a collision of expectations and desires?” In this guest post, Nathalie Pettorelli discusses her own response to the Lockwood paper, in the context of the broader sociological literature on women in science.

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Ecologists wanted for the international panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES)
Feb13

Ecologists wanted for the international panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES)

Would you like to be a member of a platform to improve the role of science in international policy decisions? ESA is collecting nominations in areas of pollination & food production, modeling, ecosystem services, and the nature/human interface. DEADLINE: February 21, 2014

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Ecological Applications mandates data sharing
Feb07

Ecological Applications mandates data sharing

From 2014 onward, the editors of ESA’s journal Ecological Applications will require authors to make their data publicly available. Authors must deposit data that they discuss in the results of their research reports in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository before publication of the manuscript.

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Nature, truth & reconcilliation
Jan21

Nature, truth & reconcilliation

“Can we expand Mandela’s vision of reconciliation to our own planet, to offer ourselves a shot at redemption from Nature, just as he offered his oppressors?”

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