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Month: March 2011

Random ball games

Random ball games

Thank god, someone with an intuitive example (at least to the average North American male) for why species abundance distributions might not mean a thing: Universal Ecological Patterns in College Basketball Communities. There are others in this earlier paper, e.g. the compositional similarity of global cuisine ingredient lists over space, garden seed offerings and Cowboy Junkies song performances over time. Hail to thee, creative scientists with opinions!

Something funny happened on the way to the lab

Something funny happened on the way to the lab

A funny and wonderful thing!  Yesterday, our saviours arrived!  When Fish and I arrived at the “lab” yesterday, we walked right through it.  Dragonflies!  A swarm of dragonflies so thick it darkened the sky!  And it stretched all the way from the restinga, back to our house by lunchtime.  The numbers were simply incredible.  It’s what I imagine a plague of locusts would look like – but wonderful beautiful locusts who eat mosquitoes!  They would rest on the bushes and…

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Cat and dog

Cat and dog

Only one dog and one cat live on Cardoso island. The day we arrived here by boat, the boat driver said, “Be careful of the cat, it bites.” I didn’t see the cat any time in the first two weeks, and when it first appeared, it seemed odd and out of place. A domestic cat living on this otherwise pretty wildery island. It walked by our lab outside. The next time I saw it, it was sitting on a railing…

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Guatemala report II

Guatemala report II

Last Saturday I visited El Biotopo de Quetzal (the protected area of Quetzal), where I found many bromeliads. Most of them were on the ground along the trail, and some of them were on trees. They had phytotelmata, though I didn’t have enough time to observe them very well. I could find a mosquito larva in the water and a spider hiding inside the leaves. El Biotopo is located 20km north of Salamá, where there are humid and cloud forests…

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