Tag Archives: ecology

Remembrance of things past: footprints in a log

I spent last week at the annual Ecological Society of America conference in Sacramento, California. It’s a huge gathering of ecologists, and it’s amazingly diverse. Ecology is as big as the planet, and the range of presentations and conversations at … Continue reading

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Look up, way up: beetles and flies in the tree tops

Most insect collectors and other insect fans tend to walk through a forest with their eyes focused on the ground at their feet, or low undergrowth, or sunny spots above the path ahead. That’s where a lot of the insects … Continue reading

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A big bunch of barcoding

I’ve been interacting with DNA barcoding a lot lately. In the decade since Paul Hebert and colleagues first promoted the use of a single, short gene sequence as a rapid identification tool for animals, a huge body of literature has … Continue reading

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“Mastering” northern flies: another student crosses the finish line

I’ve written previously about our work on the flies from the Northern Biodiversity Program (the joys of collecting them, and the challenge of processing them). Three years, tons of travel, a mind-boggling number of hours in the lab, and more … Continue reading

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A sense of place

(this is reposted from our Desert Ecology field course blog at desertecology.wordpress.com) You have to make a basic decision on every road trip: spend a little time in lots of places, or spend more time in fewer places. Like any … Continue reading

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Two new papers: insects in harsh places

Two new papers on insect ecology from the Lyman group appeared this week: one in print, and one new paper in press. Amélie Grégoire Taillefer’s new paper in Restoration Ecology (see Grégoire Taillefer & Wheeler 2013 in Publications) is a … Continue reading

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Drowning in Diptera

Sometimes I think there might be such a thing as too much data. I expanded my research program a few years ago from just taxonomy and systematics, into community ecology of insects. This meant I had to change the way … Continue reading

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The languages of biology

I gave a lecture today in my first-year Evolution course about the importance of good taxonomy to other fields of biology. Tales of biocontrol successes and failure, and bioprospecting for new cancer drugs, and discovery of useful wild crop relatives, … Continue reading

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More than ten reasons flies are great. Part III

Flies are in the news this week because of a newly published paper demonstrating that male Drosophila flies who fail to find a mate are more likely to consume more alcohol. This finding is not only scientifically interesting, it probably … Continue reading

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Setting priorities – so many questions, so little time

My post a few days ago about my project on arctic flies generated an interesting question from my colleague Brian Brown. With so many possible projects, and so many unknown species, how do I prioritize? Brian and I specialize on … Continue reading

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