Debating species vs. ecosystems

This semester I am having my students in my graduate seminar in conservation biology debate the following question: Are species or ecosystems the appropriate scale for conservation.  While I suspect ahead of time the answer is going to be “yes” I’m...
An open letter to my class

An open letter to my class

To the students of Coastal & Estuarine Ecology   Dear Students,   We will be holding class today, and I will get to the reasons why in a little bit. If however, you for whatever reason do not feel that you can go to class today. If you are sick, if you...
Exploring community ecology using Pokémon Go

Exploring community ecology using Pokémon Go

(UPDATE 11/30/16: One of the students, Dev Harrington, did such a nice job with this assignment that I want to post it as an example. Well done Dev.) Introduction: One of the major questions facing ecologists and resource managers is understanding the amount of...

Grants and Loraxes: Big goals and high hopes

Writing grants is one of the most critical skills you will acquire as a scientist, regardless of whether you end up in academia or not. However like all skills it must be developed through practice and with feedback. As part of Thesis Development we will be spending...

Nitrogen Cycling Lab

The Nitrogen cycle is a beautifully complex part of our natural world that has direct impacts on the productivity of the oceans, and by extension, the amount of carbon in the Atmosphere. It has been suggested that if the N cycle were to break down the amount of global...