Sometimes you can know someone only barely, and still feel the weight of loss when they die. I only met Farish Jenkins three times, but I’m heavyhearted after learning that he passed away this weekend.
How to cope with absurd amounts of data may be the defining problem of 21st-century science. As a systems biologist who uses computational modeling to find patterns in data, Peter Larsen works in the smoldering
I love ecology. I can geek out all day on patterns in nature: ecosystem services, food webs, eco-evolutionary dynamics, nutrient cycles, range shifts. But I’ve spent all week at the Ecological Society of America’s annual
Back in February of last year when I started this blog, I wrote about how important stories are to communicating science. I told of a Harvard professor who tried to make Drosophila genetics resonate with
I’m pleased to report that I’m a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellow. The Alicia Patterson Foundation–established in honor of the longtime editor and publisher of Newsday, in 1965–funds reporters for a year to work on a
Welcome to the first installment of “Two-Minute Interview,” which I hope will be a weekly feature here. Don’t you sometimes just want to ask someone a single question? I do. I decided to start close
On an unseasonably hot day last week in Fort Collins, Colorado, I sat down with Chris Funk, assistant professor of biology at Colorado State University, to learn about a new research project aimed at predicting
Now that I’ve recovered from Austin’s 107-degree days—and the shock of shuttling in and out of an overly air-conditioned convention center—I’m trying to process the takeaways from the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting. There