Author Archives: Tim O'Connell

Functional diversity assessment – traits!


Post provided by Samuel RP-J Ross Our newly-developed method simulates intraspecific trait variation when measuring biodiversity. This gives us an understanding of how individual variation affects ecosystem processes and functioning. We were able to show that accounting for within-species variation … Continue reading

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Anchiornis in living color


Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail http://ift.tt/2lTPfzX via Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail — Like For Real Dough

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Writing Manuscripts: The Alternative ‘Guide to Authors’


Post provided by EMMA SAYER “If the reviewer doesn’t get it, you haven’t explained it clearly enough!” This is one quote from my PhD supervisor that I haven’t forgotte… Source: Writing Manuscripts: The Alternative ‘Guide to Authors’

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Why are ecological niches important?

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? An example of a niche model. ?Horseshoe Crab eggs require a convergence of environmental conditions in which to incubate (source: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.2307/1541193). ? Last week, I talked about the decline in aerial insectivores, which includes bats, nighthawks, swifts and swallows.…

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Forum 2017


Saturday, February 4th – ODWC’s Lake Arcadia Conservation Education Building directions to location Register for 2017 Forum As last year, participation is open to anyone working on biod… Source: Forum 2017

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Organizational skill? No, organizational planning.


Are you naturally organized?  No, me neither. About 7 billion people on this planet right now could probably benefit from increased organization in their lives to manage short-term obligations and achieve long-term goals. The good news is that we don’t … Continue reading

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We’re gonna be okay


This is a blog devoted to appreciation and conservation of nature, respect and celebration of science and rational thought, and the occasional rant about how far we still can go in our love and care of fellow humans. As you … Continue reading

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