Jarrett Byrnes focuses on posts in ecology, environmental sciences, and evolution. He blogs at I’m a chordata, urochordata! He is also quite bummed that he didn’t make Science Online 2010. Next year…
- One method Japan uses to justify continued Minke whale hunting is that Minkes are depleting the food resources for the recovery of other whales. They claim that Minke’s are at least 3x more abundant than they were pre-whaling. New genetic evidence (with a nice youtube vid) shows that this is not true.
- While you might think that being a parasite is the most evolutionarily stable strategy out there, new work shows how natural selection can turn a pathogen into a symbiont.
- One consequence of global warming is changes in the timing of species births, growth, and death. While one may shrug their shoulders at this, if different species change their timing in different ways, the changes in species interactions could lead to unpredictable changes. Marc Cadotte showcases a new paper that could be a game-changer in items of community level predictions for responses to climate change.
- Lemurs are unique to Madagascar. But just how did they get the in the first place? And why are their so many endemics? The answer is in the paleo-surf!