A shark from the past

One of the topics I find incredibly exciting is the idea of historical ecology.  Briefly, historical ecology is essentially the study of what ecosystems looked like and how they functioned at any time in the past.  This can take place at any temporal scale, from...

Defending Collections

I come from a museum background, and therefore recognize the inherent bias in this post. However I also feel that coming from that background, but now working outside of a museum, has provided me a unique perspective into the value of collections. I hadn’t planned on...

Ph.D. application hints

Well this is my first blog post of my own, and it seems fitting that I should use this opportunity to talk about new beginnings. Today we are going to meet to discuss this year’s Ph.D. applicants*.  While the particulars are confidential I would like to take this...