Jarrett Byrnes focuses on posts in ecology, environmental sciences, and evolution. He blogs at I’m a chordata, urochordata!
- How should we examine the dynamics of reptile communication in the jungle? With push-up performing robotic lizards!. Duh.
- Save the charismatic megafauna! No, really. A thoughtful review shows that conservation research focuses on big mammals at the exclusion of most other taxa. And this study didn’t even consider invertebrates. As research leads to knowledge which leads to action, this bias could have large and long-lasting implications. (And see also.)
- If you thought we were the only species on earth to have scientists squirreled away in labs developing antibiotics to keep us safe from infection, you’d be wrong. Wasps do it, too. Minus the labs. And the lab coats. Although, wasp in a lab coat! How cute!
- One solution to the lack of recovery of species is the systematic removal of their predator. In the case of Baltic Cod, actually, fishing their predators would have little effect, and is logistically impractical to begin with. Better to aid the species through more direct means.