Criticism when warranted, praise when deserved.

Storm clouds developing over a small pond in the Chilcotin
Figure 1. Ecological systems depend on objects that manifest across multiple scales. Macrosystems Ecology seeks to understand ecology at regional to continental scales, which means understanding process at each of these scales.

A quick post today to keep the posting flowing.  I’m currently working on a number of papers that are really interesting and <sarcasm>sure to be the most highly cited papers ever in the history of science</sarcasm>.  In particular the group of authors who met at the NSF Macrosystems meeting in Boulder in March (Dave Schimel has some great thoughts here on the NEON website) have been working on a set of papers discussing what exactly ‘Macrosystems Ecology’ is, how it is undertaken and what it might tell us.  The collaborators include some great researchers at all stages of their careers including Pat Soranno, Andrew Finley, Jim Heffernan and others.

In relation to my previous posts on the Experimental Lakes Area (here and here), there’s been an open letter to the Globe and Mail by a number of well respected international researchers including David Schindler and John Smol, supporting the continuation of federal funding for the research station.

Some of the discussion from those supporting the Experimental Lakes has centered on disdain for the current Conservative government, implying that the current government has a general dislike of science and its role in policy.  Having said that it is nice to see that Freedom of Information requests (buried in the Technology section of the Vancouver Sun) have shown that Peter Kent, the federal Minister for the Environment has repeatedly supported the scientific basis for climate change, even in response to challenges by federal MPs and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Listening to: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – Mas que nada (I make no apologies, the flow into the chorus is great, it’s one of those songs where you expect a great swinging jam to develop but they manage to keep a lid on the energy)

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Assistant scientist in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Studying paleoecology and the challenges of large data synthesis.

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