In 2001 the book by Stephen Hubbell on the neutral theory of biodiversity was a major shift from classical community ecology. Before this book the niche-assembly framework was dominating the study of community dynamics. Very briefly under this framework local species composition is the result of the resource available at a particular site and species … Continue reading Simulating local community dynamics under ecological drift
I am writing the general introduction for my thesis and wanted to have a nice illustration of the diversity of Arthropods compared to other phyla (my work focus on Arthropods so this is a nice motivation). As the literature I have had access so far use pie charts to graphically represent these diversities and knowing … Continue reading Exploring the diversity of Life using Rvest and the Catalog of Life
So today at our group meeting I made a talk inspired by the McGill et al (2015) paper. The basic messages that I take from this paper are threefold: (i) biodiversity is a complex and vague concept and it is therefore very easy, if one is not careful, to end up comparing apples and oranges … Continue reading Discussion on Biodiversity trends in the Anthropocene
This post is a reflection on the roles that ecologist should have in the society, it was sparked by some discussion I had at the BES/SFE meeting in december. This is one of my first try at blogging essay-like away from my nice beloved R-code. First of I'd like to start with a definition of … Continue reading What roles should ecologist have in the society?
This week was the British Ecological Society/ Société Francaise d'Écologie meeting in Lille, and as I am sitting on the train on the way home I'd like to give some thoughts and a summary of the various bits and pieces that I got throughout the week. First I think it important to emphasize that this … Continue reading Summary and thoughts of the BES/SFE meeting
In this post I try to define the framework in which my PhD is into, I will define some key terms that we use a lot and present briefly the field experiment I am working in. What is Biodiversity: Biodiversity is the variability of living form on earth, in the Convention for Biological Diversity definition … Continue reading Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function research: Part 1 setting the scene
With the european economy being stuck under gloomy economic conditions after the banking cisis of 2008, government have been dramatically slowing their roadplan to protect the environment to leave a livable planet to our children. In this post I would like to give a short introduction to one aspect of the environment that we should … Continue reading Why should we care about Biodiversity?
Everyone care about the environment and enjoy a sunny day walk through the woods (apart for certain categories of people like hardcore gamers), yet these nice places and their biodiversity are threatened partly due to human actions partly to other factors. My mother recently asked me 'Why is there less bees?' my answer was (as … Continue reading Threat to biodiversity (about butterfly, polar bears and Brad Pitt);