Simulating local community dynamics under ecological drift

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

Exploring the diversity of Life using Rvest and the Catalog of Life

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

What roles should ecologist have in the society?

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?

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function research: Part 1 setting the scene

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

Why should we care about Biodiversity?

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?

Threat to biodiversity (about butterfly, polar bears and Brad Pitt);

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);