Teaching field ecology and evolution

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This winter and spring I am teaching a fantastic and unique class at UC Davis with TA Kate Zamenick. In Experimental Ecology and Evolution in the Field we have two consecutive quarters to work with some of the most motivated and creative ecology undergrads at UC Davis. We will determine a research question, implement a field experiment and write a paper for peer review.  The class is keeping a blog as a group laboratory and field notebook and using #eve180 on twitter to share information. In the next two weeks we will determine our question and develop our design. Can’t wait to see where the next few weeks will take us!

Energy Vulture covered our work on rare plants and solar!

Check out this blog by Energy Vulture on some of our work with experimental solar panels.

http://energyvulture.com/2014/09/13/measuring-impacts-of-solar-development-on-mojave-desert-plants/

Lots of very interesting coverage and food for thought on renewable energy ecology on Energy Vulture too, like this one:

http://energyvulture.com/2014/08/26/it-matters-where-photovoltaics-are-made-and-installed/

Thanks for the great work folks!

Fueling conservation and restoration – a figure of connectivity

 

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How do we use the multiple tools of conservation and restoration — in both basic and applied science arenas, and related non-science disciplines — to foster healthy natural ecosystems?  I developed this diagram to express the connections that I see between many levels.

Careful planning of human objectives is a foundation for the maintenance of healthy natural ecosystems, processes, and resources through the actions of restoration and conservation science. These actions require both natural history and theoretical research, and active feedback and decision-making processes, such as adaptive management.  Education, information science, interdisciplinary collaboration, and program development feed into the central processes, fueling efficient and effective restoration and conservation. There are no uni-directional arrows; the network grows stronger with improved connectivity between all levels of organization.