Grace, Jon, and Jeff tackle a recent paper in Ecology (Pillai & Gouhier, 2019) that claims that the "positive" effect of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning is vastly overstated. The gang talk about the background and context of the paper, including neutral theory, competitive exclusion, and complementarity, while also revisiting some classic ecology work from Tilman and Huston. Also, March Mammal Madness is coming soon!
Pillai and Gouhier et al. 2019 in Ecology (preprint on arxiv.org)
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March Mammal Madness 2019
Lemuria - Bluffing Statistics
Tall Ships - Words Are Pegs Upon Which We Hang Ideas
Jeff sits down with Rob Nowicki, a postdoctoral researcher at the Mote Marine Lab, to talk about how the scope of ecological research has changed over that past few decades, the differences between marine ecology and biology, living in the Florida Keys, and what life is like in the field when your field is the deep blue sea.