Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ecology Concepts I was Introduced to by Fishkeeping

Niche Anyone who keeps fish is aware of some basic ideas about the niche of the fish they keep: whether the fish lives in fresh, salt, or brackish water, its¬†optimum¬†temperature. More advanced fishkeepers are also aware that their animals have … Continue reading

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Science and News

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between science and news. As I went through the process of identifying a research interest, I turned to several different channels to update myself about the field. I read blogs mostly, although the news … Continue reading

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Goulash

Darkness. Silence. A faint noise, becoming louder. It is like the hissing of water boiling in a pot, the sound of many unvoiced vowels. There are overtones of whistling, like a kettle drum, but they seem to fall between the … Continue reading

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Instrumentalism, Dali, My Dad’s Photographs, and Me

While reading a very interesting string of comments on the Oikos blog, I had to look something up: instrumentalism. Wikipedia describes it as a philosophy that places the importance of scientific theory in prediction, i.e., a theory is important to … Continue reading

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Hey Ecology! What should I read?

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I am going to grad school in the fall. In a nutshell, my project will involve estimating the predation potential of a largemouth bass population in the San Joaquin River, to inform scientists … Continue reading

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